PIZZA COUNTING by Christina Dobson


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Age Range: 5 - 10
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Pizzas are fun. It took some relentless didacticism from Dobson to rob them of their simple pleasure. She starts with some playful examples of pizza’s possibilities: big, round, and flat, the pie invites decoration as a face, a flag, or a clock. The little factual tidbits that attend the story, set in smaller typeface, are fun at first—for instance, the first pizzas had no tomatoes because Italy had no tomatoes until 1500—but also hint at things to come. What comes is a math class. How many pizzas does it take to feed a giant, how many to reach the Moon? Okay, but then come an endless number of fractions, like the game in which you keep dividing an object in half, never getting to the end. By the time readers reach, “A pizza that is cut into eight equal slices is divided into eights. If you eat four eights of this flower pizza, you will still have one half left,” their stomachs are more than full. The facts get less appealing, too—“some people like pesto, which is usually made from basil leaves, olive oil, grated cheese, pine nuts, and garlic”—as does the cheese in Holmes’s pizza art, which looks like if you took a bite, you would find it dry and nasty underneath. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-88106-338-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2003