Ann Nagda in collaboration with the San Diego Zoo
Hua Mei is a very
famous bear: she was the first giant panda cub born in the United States
that survived more than a few days. She was born at the San Diego
Zoo, and four years later her mother had another baby, Mei Sheng.
Hua Mei and her
brother, Mei Sheng, spend their days climbing on logs, lounging in
trees, and eating bamboo. A lot of things the pandas do can be
thought of in terms of subtraction--from how many hours they're awake to
how much they poop!
Come meet the famous
panda babies, Hua Mei and Mei Sheng, and along the way you can learn
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.,
"This wonderful title featuring panda cubs
born in the San Diego Zoo does double duty as a math book. . . A
terrific cross-curricular book."
--School Library Journal
"Fascinating facts about baby pandas
combined with a math lesson make this ideal for parents and teachers
alike. Right-hand pages tell about the births and growth of Hua Mei and
Mei Sheng, panda cubs at the San Diego Zoo. Left-hand pages zero in on
one of the facts presented and turn it into a subtraction problem.
Graphs, number lines, calendars and place-value charts present the
problems visually. Nagda explains several different methods for solving
subtraction problems: regrouping, subtracting each place value, thinking
about doubles and adding up. While she explains these methods well,
children will need additional support. Throughout, readers are
encouraged to get to a "friendly" number (10, 100, etc.) to make the
problem easier to solve--adding the same amount to both numbers keeps
the difference the same. Even the least enthusiastic of math students
will find something of interest, from how much the pandas eat, sleep,
poop, and weigh, to how long they will live. Adorable photos of the
cubs support the text. A great text for elementary teachers and parents
to share with their young mathematicians."
Awards and Honors
A Junior Library
A Colorado Authors'