You can discover an animal expedition with a little math along the way in What's New at the Zoo?: An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade. Slade's book is yet another published by the educational and much-loved Sylvan Dell Publishing, in which you can find additional resources on their website (click here!), including teaching activities, related websites, a limited time access to the ebook version, and so much more.
So, what did I think about the book? I loved it!! I loved the illustrations by Joan Waites! I loved the concept! I am always a fan of the activity pages in the back and the access to the online resources. But, what I loved the most is how this book incorporated the subject of math! It doesn't make the kids "feel" like they are doing math, a subject that many can often have negative feelings about or try to avoid. The math is incorporated into a rhyming story, keeping the child(ren) engaged and wanting to count and add some more!
My son, a preschooler, asked me to read this book to him multiple nights in a row! He kept coming back to it again and again! We would even finish reading the story and he would immediately want to go back to the first page to re-live the adventure!! This alone is a demonstration of the power of this book! Afterall, the only reason he quit asking for it was because I put it up so that I would remember to write this very review! Now, I'm off to add it back to our shelves, where I know it will end up right back in my child's hands!
Do you want to share the joy of math with a child through a story? I'm having a giveaway of this book ending August 31, 2009. Click here for more details and to enter to win!!!