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FULL HOUSE by Dayle Ann Dodds


An Invitation to Fractions

by Dayle Ann Dodds & illustrated by Abby Carter

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2468-2
Publisher: Candlewick

The Strawberry Inn has vacancies for children who’d like to learn about fractions—as long as they don’t mind the wacky array of other guests in the inn. Miss Bloom is the innkeeper and welcomes each new arrival with aplomb, from the fishy-smelling sea captain to the Duchess and her pampered pooch. All enjoy her wonderful dinner. All also notice that she forgot to serve dessert, something quickly remedied by the bath-robed characters in the middle of the night. Repetitious phrasing and rollicking rhymes make this a good choice for younger readers, as do the visuals used to portray fractional amounts. Carter uses the inn itself and lights the six windows according to the number of rooms occupied, while also giving the fractional equivalent. The same is done with the cake, which, luckily for Miss Bloom, has one-sixth left for her. The brightly colored watercolor illustrations are quirky and delightfully detailed, and the cast of characters brimming with personality. Teachers should reserve a space on their bookshelves for this one. (Picture book. 5-9)