|Lots of people seem to really like this
children's picture book about a boy who likes to ask (and answer) questions
like: "How long would it take to fill up the room with water if I left the
In general, I am trying to avoid including too many picture books on this
list, as they seem to me not to be so much "fiction" or "literature" as
simple examples in story form. [As I say elsewhere on this Site, I might
as well include every textbook that includes word problems if such things
are to be considered "fiction".] However, I include this particular one on the
suggestion of Wayne Mills (author of a non-fiction book called "Math Plus
Literature") so who am I to argue? I have not read it myself, though, and
would appreciate hearing from anyone who has who could write a brief
description to include here for those who might be interested in the book.
As a math teacher I plan on using this book to ask "what if" questions in my grade nine essential math class.
"Counting on Frank" is an amazing picture book, and includes mathematical concepts and facts throughout, obviously aimed at the level of young children. The text and maths concepts are supported and strengthened by Rod Clement's absolutely wonderful illustrations, and as an Independent Bookseller and former teacher of young children, I highly recommend it.
This short read shows how students and adults can find math in our everyday world. The illustrations leave students in awe, and allows them to see math in a fun way. Just one of those "did you ever think about that" stories of a young boy and his dog named Frank. Focus on estimation, fractions, large numbers, simply how numbers can be calculated in our lives. You will find more ideas for students to think about and calculate in the back of the book as a bonus. I am purchasing one for me and one for my 6th graders math teacher. I used it in a 3rd grade class and we all enjoyed the read. Five Star all the way!