Clever + Colorful = Fun


Using a  simple "addition" formula, a young girl and her dog spend the afternoon pairing two items together to create something new. Sometimes the "sum" equals something literal, like mud. Other times it is built from imagination (like a flower pot for a crown).

Parent Perspective:
Oh, boy! The story is a testament to imagination and "repurposing" what you already have to create your own fun. It is also dangerous (in a good way). I can easily see young readers raiding the linen closet to make their own capes and parachutes.

A perfect choice for busy kids with lots of imagination. This is definitely a book I'd read during the day, as I would expect most kids will want to go play like the little girl in the story.

Type of Book:
Put two things together, and what do you have? Something fun to do. Follow along as a girl and her dog spend the afternoon together.
Educational Themes:

Let these equations be a set of examples. Encourage the kids to put two things together with their own math formula. Just like the book, it can be a combination of literal things or something imaginative. Here are a few ideas with around-the-house items:

  • socks + markers = puppets
  • inflatable pool + water = boat lake, beach, bathtub
  • boxes + paint/markers/construction paper = buildings for Toy Town.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a great choice for beating back the "I'm bored" chorus and encouraging kids to make their own fun. Highly recommended as a gift, too.

Title Dirt + Water = Mud
Author Katherine Hannigan
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
Illustrators Katherine Hannigan
ISBN 9780062345172
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Math, Friendship
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