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Eating Fractions by Bruce McMillan

Eating Fractions by Bruce McMillan

From bananas to pizza to fresh strawberry pie, this tantalizing look into the world of halves, thirds, and quarters is a simple concept book of fractions with a whole language twist–and delightful recipes.

This book is great for young children, from K-4 through about second grade. It takes the basic and simplest concept that a fraction is a part of a whole and that a whole can be divided equally into fractions (1/2, 1/3 and 1/4), and illustrates the concept. the illustrations are photographs of two children eating food, showing the food whole and then divided. The children are exuberant and their excitement seems to come through the very pages of the book. An excitement that is contagious!

A young child quickly grasps the fraction concept and can, after one or two times through the book, tell you what is a fraction. It’s easy to expand and test understanding with simple questions like–if you had two muffins, how many thirds would you have? (My six year old got this right the first time through the book, just from the book, and without any previous introduction of fractions.) So the book is designed for immediate success, and hence self esteem and builds an “I can do it” attitude about math.

The recipes in the back look yummy, but I haven’t tried them yet, so can’t comment on them. But I do plan on trying them, and cutting the results into “fractions.”

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