How Long or How Wide?
A Measuring Guide
From the Series Math Is CATegorical ®
Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length. A rhyming text filled with funny examples explains how to use and compare metric and U.S. customary units of length. Readers are also introduced to the tools they need to measure length—rulers, metersticks, and more.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.7|
- Science Books & Films Best Books
“Introduce young readers to the concept of measurement with picture books and informational titles that go the distance.
Children love to size up the world around them. Although they are quick to figure out that a favorite toy ends at 10 on a ruler, they need guidance in learning what makes an inch, a foot, or a yard and how these units from our customary system compare to the metric system. This annotated bibliography offers not only books that introduce the concept of measurement and the need for standard measurements but also books about such innovative measurers as Eratosthenes, who measure the circumference of the Earth in the third century BCE, and Fannie Farmer, who invented modern recipes with exact measurements, as well as books that simply make measuring fun. A special sidebar, “Size Matters,” features books that allow children to observe size comparisons and realize the importance of measurement, from the smaller particles to the biggest dinosaurs.
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How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide. By Brian P. Cleary. Illus. by Brian Gable. 2007. 32p. Millbrook, paper, $6.95 (9781580138444); lib. ed., $15.95 (9780822566946). 530.8. Gr. 1-4.
Similar to Cleary’s other Math Is CATegorical titles, bouncy thymes and jovial cartoon cats humorously introduce the concept of measuring length. The author begins with the inch, foot, and yard and relates them to the metric system’s millimeter, centimeter, decimeter, and meter. Concluding charts and size comparisons provide a good recap. The series also presents the concept of weight with On the Scale, a Weighty Tale (2008).
“This third in the Math Is CATegorical series measures up quite nicely. . . Rulers in paws, Gable’s large-nosed cast of brightly colored quirky cats, mice and fleas measures objects large and small. His cartoons are entertaining and sure to gain children’s attention. . . Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one.” —Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“Colorful cartoonlike cats, mice, and other animals present the measurements, using examples such as a desk, door, headboard, and dime.” —School Library Journal
Science Books & Films
“All in all, the book is very kid friendly, whimsical, vivid, and lively. It is highly recommended for students in preschool through second grade.” —Science Books & Films
Illustrator: Brian Gable
Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada.
Author: Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.