What Will Fit? (Storytelling Math)

by Grace Lin (Author) Grace Lin (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Caldecott Honor winner Grace Lin celebrates math for every kid, everywhere!

Take a trip to the farmers' market in this playful story about spatial sense. Olivia is searching for something just the right size to fill her basket. The apple is so small that it rolls around. The zucchini is so long that it sticks out. What will fit just right?

Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--At the Farmers' Market, Olivia wants to find an object that will fit perfectly into her small wicker basket. Some produce is too large, some is too small, some is too long. Olivia must use her budding spatial reasoning skills to find a fruit or veggie with a just-right fit. Most sentences have a simple construction. Illustrations have a sketchy quality, but their deliberately unpolished look adds to their appeal, like an heirloom tomato in a pile of genetically modified perfect red spheres. The page that introduces the Farmers' Market shows it bustling with shoppers. Subsequent illustrations focus only on Olivia and her veggies. Olivia is a young Black girl with natural hair and a brightly eye-catching pink hooded sweatshirt. Olivia has an expression of pleasant curiosity throughout the book. Even when facing complex problems, she doesn't get frustrated. Near the end, she concentrates on a large spread of veggies, which may prompt young readers to try and guess what will fit. The corn? The potato? The squash? Spoiler alert: It's a baby pumpkin that fits snugly in the basket. Back matter gives tips on how to help children learn and grow beyond the book. VERDICT Part of the "Storytelling Math" series, this perfect little book features a Black protagonist and gentle teaching of complex spatial skills and is recommended for all pre-K collections.--Chance Lee Joyner, Haverhill P.L., MA

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

When Olivia heads to the farmer's market, she has a goal: "I want to fill my basket./ What will fit just right?" A beet is too small--"There's so much space around it that it rolls"--and the apple is, too. An eggplant "is not wide enough," and a zucchini isn't right, either: "When I turn it, it's too tall." Then a display of pumpkins catches her eye: "Yay! Just the right size." Lin's clear, simple language describing how Olivia solves the problem is amplified in her perceptive artwork, which cannily mixes painterly textures and captivating details (Olivia's pink polka-dotted socks; a green blanket spread with decorative corn) with graphical simplicity to show a small Black child as she ponders, puzzles, and experiments with placing different things in the basket. Includes a brief explanation of the importance of spatial sense, and three suggested learning activities to expand the book's impact. Publishing simultaneously: Circle! Sphere!, The Last Marshmallow, and Up to My Knees! Ages 5-up. (Oct.)

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♦ When Olivia heads to the farmer's market, she has a goal: "I want to fill my basket./ What will fit just right?" A beet is too small—"There's so much space around it that it rolls"—and the apple is, too. An eggplant "is not wide enough," and a zucchini isn't right, either: "When I turn it, it's too tall." Then a display of pumpkins catches her eye: "Yay! Just the right size." Lin's clear, simple language describing how Olivia solves the problem is amplified in her perceptive artwork, which cannily mixes painterly textures and captivating details (Olivia's pink polka-dotted socks; a green blanket spread with decorative corn) with graphical simplicity to show a small Black child as she ponders, puzzles, and experiments with placing different things in the basket. Includes a brief explanation of the importance of spatial sense, and three suggested learning activities to expand the book's impact.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

♦ At the Farmers' Market, Olivia wants to find an object that will fit perfectly into her small wicker basket. Some produce is too large, some is too small, some is too long. Olivia must use her budding spatial reasoning skills to find a fruit or veggie with a just-right fit. Most sentences have a simple construction. Illustrations have a sketchy quality, but their deliberately unpolished look adds to their appeal, like an heirloom tomato in a pile of genetically modified perfect red spheres. The page that introduces the Farmers' Market shows it bustling with shoppers. Subsequent illustrations focus only on Olivia and her veggies. Olivia is a young Black girl with natural hair and a brightly eye-catching pink hooded sweatshirt. Olivia has an expression of pleasant curiosity throughout the book. Even when facing complex problems, she doesn't get frustrated. Near the end, she concentrates on a large spread of veggies, which may prompt young readers to try and guess what will fit. The corn? The potato? The squash? Spoiler alert: It's a baby pumpkin that fits snugly in the basket. Back matter gives tips on how to help children learn and grow beyond the book. VERDICT Part of the "Storytelling Math" series, this perfect little book features a Black protagonist and gentle teaching of complex spatial skills and is recommended for all pre-K collections.
—School Library Journal, starred review
Grace Lin
Newbery and Caldecott Honoree Grace Lin is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of novels, early readers, and picture books. Her novel When the Sea Turned to Silver (a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) was a National Book Award Finalist.
Grace is an occasional commentator for New England Public Radio as well as a video essayist for PBS News Hour. She is also the speaker of the popular TEDx talk "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf" and the co-host of the Book Friends Forever podcast. In 2016, Grace's art was displayed at the White House where Grace herself was recognized by President Obama's office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781623541255
Lexile Measure
400L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
October 20, 2020
Series
Storytelling Math

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