Leaping Lizards

by Stuart J Murphy (Author) Joann Adinolfi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The show's about to begin--but where are all the lizards? Slowly they start to arrive in groups of 5 and 10. Will all 50 make it in time? An introduction to counting by 5s and 10s. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

This is a Level 1 MathStart book, which is perfect for kids ages 5 and up. The MathStart series uses funny stories and colorful art to show kids that they use math every day, even outside of the classroom! Each book features an activity guide to have fun with the math concepts presented in the story.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3 -The first book offers a lesson on angles. Three rodents that are racing-car enthusiasts create a series of ramps in an attempt to get the feisty house cat with attitude to stop bothering them. The colorful cartoon animals talk to each other with false bravado and snideness. ( -Back off, fur face! - -Wait till you see what we can do, fleabag! -) Unfortunately, the lesson is poorly conceived -children might need more instruction in using a protractor (and might find it hard to believe that a racing car can zoom up a hill of pillows). Using brilliant colors, a variety of transportation modes, and plentiful lizards, "Lizards" demonstrates counting by 5s and 10s. Murphy -s rhyming text is short and simple and children can add up the reptiles on each spread. The final striking -lizard show - spread is jubilant, resembling fireworks on the page. While children may find "Horse" fairly predictable, it -s likely they will enjoy it. The watercolor cartoon horses and farm setting are appealing and light. The easy-to-read charts in the illustrations provide teaching tools for lessons on predictability as Hankie always does the same thing at the same time. Prior work with telling time is necessary for understanding the text. Beyond the math concept, this gentle story could offer reassurance to children." -Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI" Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2005
Mathstart: Level 1
BISAC categories
JUV031000 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | General
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV002220 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Reptiles & Amphibians
Library of Congress categories

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