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READY!  SET!  100TH DAY! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace & illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5956-9
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Minna the rabbit is back, and this time she is trying to come up with a creative idea for her “Ready! Set! One Hundred!” project.

Minna tries out lots of ideas for celebrating the 100th day of school, but none seems just right. With her little brother, Pip, she makes 20 groups of fives with Popsicle sticks. Finding inspiration on her art shelves, Minna uses 10 different paper punches to make 10 groups of 10. Next, she and Pip use five different colors of pom-poms to make groups of 20. Minna’s mom helps her with paper-clip groups of 25, and her dad helps with two piles of 50 using shaped pasta. But not one of these is unusual enough to suit Minna, so she decides to use all of them. The result is an imaginative collage for Minna and a seek-and-find counting exercise for readers. Backmatter pictorially summarizes the different groups Minna made and lists the sets she used in her final picture so readers can check their answers. Wallace’s artwork, rendered in cut paper, photographs and colored pencil, nicely mirrors Minna's creative process. Children will have no difficulty practicing their skip counting, thanks to the clear layout of the sets.

Likely to inspire kids to count and group their own household items, this is great math practice in a creative package. (Picture book. 4-8)