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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Numbers, math symbols, and simple addition problems on each page make this a perfect book for kids learning to count as well as those beginning basic addition. See a PBS study about what kids learn from Peg + Cat.
Math is fun, and so is solving problems. Working together gets the job done.
Positive Role Models
Peg's a girl who loves solving problems, not only of escaping chickens but also the kind involving counting and adding. She's responsible, independent, and resourceful. She shares with her friends, and they all cooperate to gather the chicks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Chicken Problem is a perfect book for a kid who's just learning to count and do basic addition. The story and characters are engaging, and every page comes alive with animated pigs and chickens, set against graph paper that's scattered with math symbols and numbers. Clever details, such as page numbers, are given as simple addition problems. Also, endpapers filled with sketches of very individual chickens offer much to talk about. Authors Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson have created a new series Peg + Cat on PBS Kids, based on the further adventures of main characters Peg and Cat.
Is It Any Good?
This is more than just a counting book; it's about the joy of solving problems, no matter how overwhelming, and it definitely makes math look like fun. The story is a simple one with a happy ending and a great lesson. The colorful, animated illustrations make Peg and Cat's math-infused world come alive with energy and friendship that will captivate even more sophisticated readers. The characters have just enough cuteness to make them lovable and believable, and each scene, set against graph paper covered with faded equations, will give both kids and their parents plenty to look at and share.
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