Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream


Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream:
A Mathematical Story

by Cindy Neuschwander
illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Amanda Bean loves to count but isn't sure about why she needs to learn multiplication. Her teacher says it will speed up the process, but she can't quite see it. That is, until she has a crazy dream full of sheep on bicycles, knitting grannies, and more.

In the dream, she tries to count the sheep, balls of yarn, and sweater sleeves, but she can't count it fast enough. She then heeds the advice of the talking sheep and uses multiplication. When she wakes from her dream the next morning, she's excited to go to school... and she's ready to finally learn multiplication.

This book is best suited for your initial introduction to multiplication, as it deals with WHY multiplication is a useful math skill to acquire. To be clear, this book does not teach HOW to do multiplication, just why it's better in certain situations.That's why we think it's really best for those very early lessons.

And while this book was clearly written to teach multiplication, "the light tone...and buoyant good humor of Liza Woodruff's ink-and-watercolor illustrations keep it afloat." (Booklist) 

This book is part of the Marilyn Burns Brainy Day series of math books for kids.


Reading Levels for Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream

Interest Level:  Gr. 1-3              DRA Level:  24                  Lexile Measure: 290L
Grade Level Equiv: 3.1            Guided Reading: M


See Inside this book

Below are the first several spreads from inside this book to give you an idea of the illustration style and the amount of text on each spread.  To see larger versions of these first two sample spreads, simply click on the images.

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream


A few pages later, Amanda was having a hard time sleeping so she considered counting sheep but decided to think of a nice bike ride instead. Once she dozed off, she began to dream of sheep riding bicycles. Since she loves to count, she tries to count all the wheels but the eight sheep are riding too fast. This is the first in a number of scenarios in which she learns that multiplication can sometimes be a better choice than counting.

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream


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Activities for Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream

Like other books in the Marilyn Burns Brainy Day series, the back of the book has an few paragraphs to keep in mind when teaching this concept, then a few pages worth of extension activities to use with Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream!  Here's a peek at the first page of this end section. Hopefully you can read the small type.

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream


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This book is part of the Marilyn Burns Brainy Day series of math books.  All of the books in this series tell stories centered around different math concepts, then provide several pages of useful tips and activities at the back. To learn more about the books in this series, click the sample book covers below or the link above.

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