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