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Whole-y Cow! Fractions are Fun Review by Kim KargboTaryn Souders
Sleeping Bear Press
315 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ste 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
In this adorable book, "one whole cow was calmly eating hay and decided to act differently on this particular day." For the rest of the book, "one whole cow" has a myriad of fractional adventures with her various animal friends. Through a series of rhymes and questions, children are led to discover the application of fractions in the adventures of "one whole cow." This is a fun, entertaining, and engaging way to discover fractions. The illustrations used throughout the book are cute and provide visual reinforcement for the fraction concepts taught in each adventure of the cow.
While reading the book all by itself would be fun and educational, the answer key in the back provides instant answers to all of the fraction questions posed within the story. In addition to that, the website of the publisher offers an extensive Teacher Guide that, when used with the book, would make the study extremely comprehensive. This guide can be found at http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/TeachersGuides/FractionsAreFun.pdf .
I recommend this book to anyone whose child is struggling with the concept of fractions, as a fun and non-threatening way to engage them. I would also recommend this book for someone just beginning to introduce fractions, as a preemptive strike against the frustration that often does occur with children over fractions! Or, if you just like reading cute math books for fun, this book is for you too!