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Dealing with Addition

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By: Lynette Long

Dealing with addition has never been so easy!

Kids will love this fun and easy introduction to playing cards so much, they may not even notice that they are learning the basics of addition.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Lynette Long

Lynette Long, Ph.D., has more than twenty years of experience working with children and in education. She has appeared on over 200 television and radio programs, including "Good Morning America" and the "CBS Evening News."

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Editorial Reviews:

The Children's Book Watch

Learning simple addition has never been so easy. With a clever introduction to playing cards, this fun-filled book makes adding a delightful game as children learn how many different combinations of cards add up to seven, are there more ways to make five than there are to make three, to what different groups can the same card belong. Young readers will find out how to solve these puzzles and many more! And at the end of Dealing with Addition, play an original card game that lets them try out their new mathematical skills. Perfect for rainy day entertainment, Dealing with Addition is also highly recommended for homeschool, day care center, and kindergarten classes!

Home Education Magazine

A nice introduction to card playing for the very young, although the game at the end of the book could be played by all ages. The book begins with the most basic information: How many cards are in a standard deck? What are suits? What are face cards? Crisp, bold card images march across alternating red-and-black pages to demonstrate all the different combinations of cards that add up to two, three, four, and so on. At the end of the book, players can try out their newly honed skills by playing the card game, Dealing with Addition. The object of the game is to capture the most cards, which can be accomplished by making pairs, table combination, or hand combinations. The game sounds challenging enough for parents to play with their kids, and will probably be a welcome break from the usual fare of Go Fish and Crazy Eights.

School Library Journal

A wonderful tool that uses playing cards to teach the addition of whole numbers. More fun and versatile than counting macaroni or dominos, cards also offer a natural introduction to many games. The author clearly outlines the elements of the deck, illustration and naming the suits and face cards. She then explains different ways to group them: by color, suit, or numbers and how to add their values to reach a specific total. With this firmly established, Long asks readers to try the same for the numbers 1 through 10. For example, the page that explores the possible combinations for 8 depicts a group of 9 cards of various suits, denominations, and colors, while the text reads "There are eight different ways to get EIGHT with these cards. Pick out all eight of them." The answers are shown on the next page through pictures of the cards with the numeral equations below them. A table of the combinations and the game "Dealing with Addition" conclude the book. Large print and clear full-color illustrations on black or red pages enhance the text. The simplicity, clarity, and potential of this title as a springboard for other mathematically based games makes it a perfect choice for any elementary or public library collection.

Chicago Parent

[A] picturebook for children, 3 to 8 years old, ready to move beyond the concepts of numbers and counting. The author uses playing cards to show how addition relates to counting. To find the total number of symbols on two or more cards, "some players like to count the big symbols on each card. Others like to add the numbers in the corner of each card. Either way, you get the same answer." Every addition problem is depicted in playing cards and paired with a mathematic sentence. Children learn to connect pictorial symbols like hearts and spades with numerical equations in this attractive book.


ISBN: 978-0-88106-270-0

ISBN: 978-1-60734-216-8 PDF
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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