Tuesday, July 24, 2007

34. More Than One by Miriam Schlein

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox

24 pages

Schlein, M. (1996). More than one. New York: Scholastic.

Author Creditability: The book does not state any research done, however Schlein has written several nonfiction children’s books to inform kids on different topics. This is a very simple text giving examples of how one can be more than one. No research was really needed to write this book.

Summary: This sequenced book brings up the question can one be more than one? It then explains to the reader how one can really be more than one. For example: one pair of shoes is two shoes; one baseball team is 9 players; etc.

Most Important Access Features: The text dealing with the number one is in red text so it will stand out better for the young reader. It also has the number word and numerals to match it on the page and both are done in red text.

Description of Illustrations: The illustrations were done by Donald Crews using watercolors and gouache paints.

Grade Level & Uses: K-2 grade; This book could be used to teach about numbers, number words, and how some words can mean more than one thing.

Standards: Problem Solving; Reasoning and Proof; Communication; Connections; Representation

Related Texts & How Related: These books could be used along with More Than One to discuss math concepts of number words and numerals.

12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
What’s A Pair? What’s A Dozen? by Stephen R. Swinburne
The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid
Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee

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Personal Response to Book: This was a very easy read that could probably even be used in preschool. I liked how she took items that the kids are familiar with and showed them how one could be more than one. I feel like the students could easily relate and understand the concept being taught here.

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