The Great Divide:
A Mathematical Marathon 


by Dayle Ann Dodds
illustrated by Tracy Mitchell

In The Great Divide, eighty contestants start out on a great race, but with each new obstacle, half are knocked out due to flat tires, whirlpools, and more. Told in snappy, rhyming verse (ie: after the first half are knocked out of the race by an obstacle, the text reads: "On with the race. Head for a boat! Forty racers now have to float!")

The result is an engaging title for teaching division.  Truthfully, we like everything about this book--the funny rhyming text, the engaging premise, the solid division lesson... But what we like most of all are Tracy Mitchell's silly, quirky, vibrant acrylic paintings.

In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly said: "All lessons should be this gratifying." Yep...if you are teaching division, this is a book you won't regret buying. Your kids will love it! :)

Reading Levels

Interest Level: Grade 1-4            DRA Level:  30                      Lexile Measure: 430L
Grade Equivalent:  2.0               Guided Reading: N

See Inside The Great Divide

Below are sample spreads from this book. What fun illustrations. In case you can read it text on the sample spread below, it reads: "On with the race, Head for the boat! Forty racers now have to float! What's up ahead? A loud, roaring sound! Whooshing whirlpools spin all around. Half are swept up in a dizzying whirl. Half battle on through foam and swirl."

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You may also want to check out other books by Dayle Ann Dodds. To learn more, click on the images below or here.  :)