Ordinal numbers are featured in this delightful entry in the Mouse Math series starring brother-and-sister team Albert and Wanda.
With his sunny, polka-dot apron on, Albert is excited to make muffins. But then Wanda informs him that they are out of flour. Dismayed, Albert points to the recipe list. “But flour is the first ingredient!...I can’t make muffins without flour.” Wanda suggests that Albert do what their mother does when she is missing an ingredient: Ask the neighbors. And so starts Albert’s enthusiastic quest for the 10 ingredients—all of which he ends up borrowing from friends, neighbors or relatives who are happy to share. At the bottom of the page, readers can see a picture of each ingredient, with its ordinal number, as Albert acquires them. He makes a daring dash from his mouse hole for the last thing—milk—snatching a mouse-sized bottleful from the cat’s bowl. After the muffins are baked, Wanda leads Albert by the paw with their basket of hot muffins as they deliver one to each contributor (even the cat), another opportunity for May to reiterate the ordinals. The colorful drawings are delightfully expressive, each mouse endowed with a defined and individualized personality. Exercises appended reinforce the lesson.
An enjoyable, instructive story with humor, heart and a pair of adorable mice. (Picture book. 4-7)