365 Penguins

February 15, 2011

365 Penguins
We checked out 365 Penguins by Jen-Luc Fromental last week and have been reading it every day. Be warned, it is not just a cute penguin tale, it's actually MATH.

Yeah. The title probably should have given it away, but I had no idea. Penguins start showing up one a day for an entire year and there are lots of calculations going on relating to how many they have, how much food they eat, how to organize them, etc.

My favorite part is when they build a card-catolog-ish crate to keep them in. I also really enjoyed the illustrations and colors.

Have you read this one or any of the others by the author? It seems there are three more.
24 Penguins Before Christmas: A 365 Penguins Advent Calendar10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up BookOops!
What are your favorite number/math books?


Caroline Starr Rose said...

I remember this book! My boys loved it.

Demi's A Grain of Rice is a great math book.

Stephen Kellogg has one (title escapes me) about how much is a million. Great visuals.

silly eagle books said...

Oh, thanks, Caroline! I'll have to look for those this week.

Kristin said...

We happened on that book at our library too. We really liked and the art is fantastic. I didn't know about the other books, definitely going to track those down.

Vanessa said...

I hope you find them, Kristin--our library doesn't have any more. :(

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Looks really fun! We just picked one up today that's about concepts of time measurement - I've only read it once and I'm excited to share it soon! Hope we can find the penguins at our library!

Christina said...

Santa brought this for Will last year (though Santa really doesn't remember buying it or from where it came. Weird!) My oldest (almost 5) has loved it. But I did wonder about the message (saving animals great but removing them from their environment?) but I figure that part of the book is going over head right now. I'll definitely be on the look out for their other books.

silly eagle books said...

Christina, I agree--we actually don't read the last page because I'm not sure I agree with it--but the story of all the penguins coming to the house is funny and I like that its a fun way to talk about math without realizing you are talking about math. :)

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