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Inchworm and a Half Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Pinczes, Elinor J., Enos, Randall (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0618311017     ISBN-13: 9780618311019
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2003

Annotation: A puzzled inchworm finds out what a fraction is when she enlists the aid of H-inch, N-inch, and G-inch worms in her quest to measure all the vegetables in their garden. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Worms; Fiction.
Fractions; Fiction.
Vegetables; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 96027403
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 48011
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
What's a fraction? A puzzled inchworm finds out when she enlists the aid of H-inch, N-inch, and G-inch worms in her quest to measure all the vegetables in their garden. New lengths bring new fractions to conquer, but the clever worms prove equal to every challenge, triumphantly munching their way through this tasty tale of math and measuring.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall)
An inchworm measures the length of different vegetables--with the help of a few other worms that just happen to be exact fractions of an inch. The rhyming story is a clever attempt at introducing readers to both fractions and measurement. However, in the colorful linocut illustrations, the worms' measurements are confusingly depicted as a series of arcs rather than straight-line distances. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 January #3)
Pinczes's latest book focusing on a math concept comes up short. Measuring by whole numbers and fractions is the lesson of the day here, but unlike her previous A Remainder of One and One Hundred Hungry Ants, which successfully focused on one concept throughout, this title takes on too much. The narrative features a wacky refrain ("Squirmy, wormy, hoppity-hoop!/ We measure everything, loopity loop") and stars an inchworm that sets out to measure the vegetables in her garden: "Her measuring method is simple:/ each loop that she takes is one inch./ She starts at one end, and results will depend/ on the number of loops that's a cinch!" However, readers may have difficulty discerning, from Enos's cartoon-like pictures, the correlation between the worms' lengths and what they are measuring. The art, inexplicably, is not to scale, and as smaller worms whose respective loopy paths measure one-half, one-third and one-fourth of an inch enter the illustrations, things become even more confusing. Unfortunately, the vague measurements depicted in the art and lack of the humorous story line usually associated with the author's work add up to one disappointing volume. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 April)
Gr 1-3-An introduction to measurement, told in rhyme. Referring to the inchworm, the text explains: "Her measuring method is simple: each loop that she takes is one inch." The accompanying picture shows the little creature looping her way up a ruler. Then one day, the worm measures a bean and she has a bit left over. The concept of fractions is then introduced by having a worm half her size measure it. The story proceeds in this manner with the worms getting smaller and smaller. All of the action takes place in a garden, and the colors of the objects being measured are bright and cheerful: a yellow ruler, green asparagus, bright orange carrots, and huge red tomatoes. The pictures illustrate just how the anthropomorphized characters, one always identifiable in his red baseball cap, go about their tasks while enhancing children's understanding of fractions.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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