sir cumference and all the king's tens

Summary:
Everyone in the land is invited to a birthday party for King Arthur. But how many people is that? Cook needs to know how many to feed! Every time Sir Cumference and Lady Di try to count, the numbers keep getting bigger.
Educational Themes:
This is a story all about the math. When you read this, keep some counting objects nearby (chess pieces, legos, checkers, Polly Pockets, et al) so that you can mimic the counting and sorting.
Reading Level:
4.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. There are stronger books out there to help with counting and sorting large numbers.
Little Kid Reaction
We tried multiple times to read this with our daughter. We never made it through the whole book. She said it was obviously about math and she didn't want a "school book." She got bored with the "hide and seek" for the girl and chicken by the third spread.
Big Kid Reaction
The story is a cute idea. The wordplay is great, but I expect adults get it more than kids. While the story did a nice job explaining ways to count big numbers, I found it cumbersome. There is also too much text. The illustrations need more activity to keep young readers engaged. Trying to find a girl chasing a chicken is not enough.
Pros:

Kids who love math - or those trying to figure out big numbers - will find something to love in Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens.

Cons:

The concepts in this picture book are a bit complex for elementary readers. The illustration style may make it hard to follow along.


Title Sir Cumference And All The King's Tens
About
Author Cindy Neuschwander
Publisher Scholastic © 2010
Illustrators Wayne Geehan
ISBN 9780545293433
Material Paperback
Cost $7.95
Genres Math, Picture Book, Humor
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