How do you share a pizza? You split it in half! Two siblings split a yummy lunch and discover that using fractions can be messy. This hilarious book written by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by G. Brian Karas introduces the simplest of fractions: 1/2.
This is a Level 2 MathStart book, which is perfect for kids ages 6 and up. The MathStart series uses funny stories and colorful art to show kids that they use math every day, even outside of the classroom! Each book features an activity guide to have fun with the math concepts presented in the story.
Supports the Common Core Learning Standards
About the Author
Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.
Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.
G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great rhyming story for children. It is about a brother and a sister who simply do not want to share their food with one another. They are constantly hiding their food in order to keep from sharing. Their dad interrupts each argument explaining to them that they need to split their food in half, which is when the math concept of the book comes into play. An explanation is given on how to distribute their food evenly.Second grade is a good age level to read this book to because that is the age when students are introduced to fractions. Third graders would probably enjoy it as well. This is the perfect book to read when learning about halves and wholes. In addition, it is a good book to read when learning about sharing.
As a Kindergarten teacher who teaches in a CTT class (collaborative team teaching- 60% general ed and 40% special needs), I found the book extremely helpful in explaining the concept. My students learned the concept of half from seeing the visual pictures from the book.
My two daughters 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 loved this book. I could not believe how they picked up on the math concept so quickly. The book is written in such easy reading that we have to read this book every night! And they comment on how 1/2 and 1/2 make a whole all the time.