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1 + 1 = 5 by David LaRochelle

1 + 1 = 5

And Other Unlikely Additions

by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Brenda Sexton

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-5995-6
Publisher: Sterling

An inventive look at addition encourages children to figure out how problems such as 1+1=3 could possibly be true. In this case, a turn of the page reveals that one unicorn plus one goat equals three horns. Fifteen addition problems, all 1+1, challenge readers to add ages, team members, seeds, insect legs, toes, wheels and wings. After the first few, readers are sure to catch on to the format, and their guessing will improve. Sexton’s digital artwork gives children the clues they need to succeed, but they are still not all a piece of cake, preserving a satisfyingly challenging experience. Her whimsical illustrations combine simple shapes with plain backgrounds, making it easy for readers to count. While the trim is small, the artwork fills the spreads and the bright colors make the details pop off the pages. Good fun both on its own and as a springboard for more creative activities, it's a sort of Tomorrow's Alphabet, by George Shannon and illustrated by Donald Crews (1995), for numbers. (Picture book. 4-9)