365 Penguins
by Jean-Luc Fromental; illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet

(1st grade - 4th grade)  A family is baffled when their uncle, an ecologist, keeps sending them a penguin a day. They quickly become overwhelmed trying to care for the increasing penguins and finally use multiplication to organize, feed and care for them.

It's a silly storyline, but the math lesson is a lot of fun and the retro-style illustrations are really unique!  School Library Journal points out that "the text provides endless opportunities for word problems" and Booklist says "this is a lively romp from the beginning to the end-- when the first polar bear arrives."  If you are teaching multiplication, check this one out. :)

The following sample pages show the tired and overwhelmed family after just one month of having a penguin arrive each day. As months go on and penguins keep arriving, the hilarity--and the application of math to help them cope-- increases.

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