This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

this plus thatThis Plus That: Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace. Harper, 2011. 32 pages.

Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8

Maturity Level: same

Rosenthal has a knack for creating a twist on an educational subject and applying it to real life. In this deceptively simple book, various elements of life are turned into mathematical equations. Most of them are straightforward addition equations, but there are a few “is not equal to” twists and a division equation thrown in. For example, a typical page reads: “wishes + frosting = birthday,” but another reads: “chores/everyone = family.” Cheerful, quirky illustrations enrich the text. This is a fun family read-aloud, particularly this time of year as school is getting underway and math is once again a family topic. This would also be a fun addition to a math class itself!

Overall Quality: 4 out of 5

Cautions: none
Recommended Use: group read-aloud, curriculum tie-in
Audience: parents, educators, children
Categories: education, fiction, math

Cover image thanks to publisher

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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.

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