Whole-y Cow!

Fractions Are Fun

Learning about fractions isn't always easy, but who says it can't be fun? Using one very entertaining cow, math teacher Taryn Souders has devised a very clever (and fun) way of explaining fractions to beginning learners. One whole cow, calmly eating hay, decided to act differently on this particular day. One whole cow - what should we do? I know! Let's paint one half blue! Prompted by a poem and a visual clue, students are asked to answer what fraction is illustrated in the cow's antics, starting with halves and progressing into thirds, fourths, eighths, and tenths. What fraction of the cow is blue? Answer: ½ What fraction of the cow is white? Answer: ½ With the math problem featured as part of the artwork, students get an immediate sense of how to apply and understand the concept of fractions. How moo-velous! Taryn J. Souders lives in Winter Park, Florida. With a background in math education, she is passionate about keeping math fun for young students. This is her first children's book. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She remembers learning about fractions with the help of a typical Swiss cake. Tatjana has illustrated several children's books and her work has been published in books and magazines in the United States and abroad. She lives in South Carolina.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey 513.2
Lexile
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585364602), PDF (9781585366231), Hosted ebook (9781627534383)
Copyright 2010, 2014
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Creative Child Award--Educational Storybooks Category, Winner, 2011

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Author: Taryn Souders

Taryn J. Souders lives in Winter Park, Florida. With a background inmath education, she is passionate about keeping math fun for youngstudents. This is her first children's book.

Illustrator: Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. Growing up with her nose in a book, she always wanted to be the one to draw the pictures. Today Tatjana lives in sunny South Carolina where she can work on her screen porch year-round and listen to the birds. Most often she uses watercolor and gouache, adding detail and texture with collage and colored pencils. Her black and white work is usually done the old-fashioned way, in India ink with a dip pen.