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Loreen Leedy has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children. Her innovative books include Seeing Symmetry, which The Horn Book called "excellent," and The Great Graph Contest, which School Library Journal called "exciting and energetic" in a starred review. She lives in Florida.
K-Gr 2-As in her previous concept books, Leedy creates an action-packed volume that is perfectly suited to its audience. The softly hued cartoon animals and dialogue balloons are skillfully combined on pages divided into framed sequences. There is plenty going on, but not so much as to be confusing. A scholarly hippo leads her class on a fun-filled adventure in numbers. Readers learn, along with Miss Prime's quirky students, about such important mathematical concepts as the definition of difference, writing a subtraction equation, regrouping, and three-digit equations. Most importantly, Leedy introduces practical application of mathematics when the class goes to the school fair. Tally and Otto use subtraction to sell snacks and Fay tries to break an obstacle-course record. Other brief episodes involve calculations as well. The text is interactive; a math problem is presented in every episode with the answers given on the back page. A zany book that is sure to make a difference at home and in the classroom.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.