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CUT DOWN TO SIZE AT HIGH NOON; A Math Adventure

Author: Scott Sundby

Illustrator: Wayne Geehan

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Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing Company, 2000

Material: paperback

Summary: Hair stylist Louie Cutorze might have had to leave France, but he wasn't leaving Cowlick. Everyone loved his hair creations. Then Buzzsaw Bart strolled into town, threatening to take over the haircutting biz in Cowlick. The two decided on a duel to settle it. Was this town big enough for the two of them? This picture book weaves a math lesson into this tall tale / Western-style story.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 9; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 8 to 10

Reading Level: 4.1

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Funny, but not that funny. She followed along as we read the story, but she thought the haircut styles were dumb. She also asked us to skip explaining the diagrams about how to scale objects.

Adult Reader Reaction: If you're looking for a great tall tale, pick this! It has the flare for the dramatic with the feel of the Wild West. Inserting the graph charts is helpful and pulls out the math message, but not in a way that keeps the story flowing. I felt like the story was a little rushed once the duel finished.

It may be our copy, but the illustrations seemed a bit blurry. If it is the painting style, then it detracts from the quality of the book because the imagery is crucial to the story.

Pros: Kids will love exploring and laughing at the outrageous haircuts while you read this story out loud.

Cons: The story needs to be longer in order to more smoothly incorporate the math lesson.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun story to share, even if you don't draw out the math instruction.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GROWING PATTERNS: FIBONACCIE NUMBERS IN NATURE   HOW MUCH IS A MILLION   NOW...FOR MY NEXT NUMBER! SONGS FOR MULTIPLYING FUN

Educational Themes: Grab a measuring tape and some graph paper! Cut Down to Size at High Noon offers a step-by-step guide on how to create scale models of objects large and small.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, math, Westerns, humor, fables and folklore

Date(s) Reviewed: December 20115

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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