FICTION

Arithmechicks Add Up: A Math Story

Boyds Mills. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781629798073.
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PreS-Gr 1–Stephens presents 10 chicks as they head to the park. “Count their happy beaks.” There is a lot of fun games and plenty of things to count and add in the park. “2 chicks far plus 2 chicks near equals… 4 chicks playing tag.” And so it goes with the see-saw, climbing bars, slide, hide-and-seek, follow the leader, etc. all while a lonely mouse watches and mimics the fun. The chicks are having a good time and taking turns mathing until their basketball gets stuck in the net. Even 10 chicks stacked up can’t reach it, but luckily the mouse comes to the rescue by scampering up the chicks and tapping the ball free. Ten chicks plus one helpful mouse equals a new friend. Stephens’s text includes plenty of adding while still having a bit of a plot and being fun to read. Liu’s illustrations give the text context and distinct characters including a mother hen with a much needed whistle around her neck. The chicks are easy to see and count and the lonely mouse adds some depth and humor to the action. The book’s back matter depicts different ways to group numbers and add them (number bond, tally marks, etc.) as seen in the story.
VERDICT Ten cute chicks plus one lonely mouse equals a fun math story that can be used at various levels. A good general purchase

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