Tyrannosaurus Math

by Michelle Markel and Doug Cushman

A young dinosaur’s love of math is evident the moment he bursts from his shell.... read more

A young dinosaur’s love of math is evident the moment he bursts from his shell. “ 'My, what big claws I have!’ he marveled, as he counted his fingers. 'And what big toes I’ve got!’ He counted those too. Then he added his fingers and toes together, making a number sentence.” (4+6=10) “ 'Go figure!’ his mother cried, and she named him Tyrannosaurus Math.” The tyrannosaurus counts his footprints by twos, and groups of other dinosaurs by fives. He adds up how many dragonflies he and his siblings eat in a day and anything else he can. And when he’s amazed by the nighttime sky (“There could be a billion stars up there”), his mom is quick to praise him (“Good use of estimation!”). Everything in life is inspiration for fun with numbers in Michelle Markel’s funny and informative picture book cheerfully illustrated by Doug Cushman. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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