Math/concept books and math/literary books can be very helpful when teaching kids about math.

The book I have chosen to discuss today is…

Illustrated by John Manders
Book info:  
  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Doubling/multiplying by two in a fun way:  I enjoyed how the McFay brothers were twice as big as the one before.
  • Shows weight: Minnie can barely hold the serving tray once Papa McFay orders.

My review:  It was well written and had beautifully clever illustrations.  I enjoyed how the story flowed and the illustrator did a great job of portraying size and proportion.
Math related activities to do with this book…
  • Look at the pictures and ask questions:  How many of the pies are the same on each tray?  How big would papa be if he was twice the size of his oldest son?–Would he be able to fit through the door?
  • Talk about doubling and possibly exponents and binary numbers: What would happen if we doubled this a few more times?–Would those orders even fit in the restaurant?  Show how they doubled in this book 1×2=2, 2×2=4, 4×2=8…
  • Make some food and weight it:  When making dinner salads or pies, take time to weigh them and calculate how heavy 4 salads or 8 pies actually is!
Have you enjoyed this book? How have you taught math with it?  
Can you think of some activities to do with it?
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