The Emperor has a problem. He wants his people to remember the year in which his son was born. But there is no way to keep track of the years. So the Emperor devises a race in which animals will cross a river. The first twelve animals to reach the opposite side will have a year named after them. Thus, the people will be able to remember the years and the events that occurred. And so the race is set. Rat, knowing he is no match for the rushing water, schemes with Cat on how to cross the river. Together the two convince Ox to carry them across. But halfway across the river, Rat shows his true colors. Will Cat make it to the other side? Which animals will have a year named after them? Accompanied by exquisite watercolor artwork, this charming story explains the origins of the Chinese calendar.
Get to know two pen pals who live in different parts of the world. It is fun for them to write back and forth. They do different things at different times of the day and year. They tell each other about the events and traditions that take place during each month of the year. Do you know anyone who lives far away? What do you think they are doing right now? 32pp.
Some things are measured by weight, while others are measured by length. For example, markets in France have large blocks of cheese. Some people may want pieces of the block, so they use a scale to measure how much the pieces of cheese weigh. This helps them determine how much their pieces will cost. Markets in India sell fabric. Fabric is measured by length. Markets in China sell rice. Do you think they measure it by weight or by length? 32pp.
Explores how different money is used in different parts of the world.
Get ready for a trip around the world to find the many different shapes that surround you. You can find shapes in the places you go, games you play, and even the food you eat. In fact, shapes are everywhere! Can you find them? 32pp.
Our next stop as we Count Our Way Across the USA is to Maine where we can listen to the call of the loon, hike through the Eastern white pine forests, or enjoy a clambake at the beach while watching whales splash in the ocean. Fishing for Numbers is packed with enough Maine facts, lore, and history to keep readers fishing for hours. Readers will learn why Maine is known for their shipbuilders, how fast a puffin can fly, and which is the only domestic cat native to North America. There is even a recipe for a traditional baked bean supper. Cynthia Reynolds, author of L is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet, is an eleventh-generation Maine native. She summers on Pleasant River Lake in Maine. The rest of the year she dreams of Maine from her home outside Ann Arbor. Jeannie Brett has illustrated several books including L is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet. She lives in York, Maine.
Take a trip to the world market for an exciting way to learn about standard measurement! This title, that has been translated into Spanish, takes young readers to markets around the world, showing them how to measure common food items with standard measurements. Some things are measured by length! Some things are measured by weight! Children will learn these and other measurement techniques through vibrant images, fun examples, and simple mathematical charts, enhancing their mathematical and STEM skills.