Ann Nagda and Cindy Bickel
Early one morning at the Denver Zoo, a
polar bear gives birth to two tiny babies, then abandons them.
The zoo staff must raise the babies, but
there are many things they don't know. What foods are best? How much
should the cubs eat? Once they figure out the answers, the cubs quickly
become healthy, happy young bears.
Young readers follow Klondike and Snow as
they grow from fragile newborns to large, lively bears, and along the
way they'll learn about fractions.
Cindy Bickel has
worked at the Denver Zoo for over thirty years. During her career,
she has hand raised hundreds of babies for the zoo, using math every day
in her job as a veterinary assistant.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co., 2004
a veterinary assistant at the Denver Zoo, and Nagda team up again
for some animal math in this charming account of two abandoned polar
bear cubs. . . Terrific photos of the bears, from helpless newborns
to active adults, illustrate the bear narrative."
the strengths of the book is that is shows the use of fractions in an
authentic context. It also illustrates a woman in a prominent role of a
problem solver. A third benefit is that it reflects a realistic view of
science: the workers at the zoo must adjust the milk formula several times
in order to meet the nutritional needs of each cub. . . Overall, the book
is an important nonfiction resource for the elementary classroom."
--David Whitin, Teaching Children Mathematics
pages tell the story of Klondike and Snow, with excellent, full-color
photos showing how zoo personnel raised them from newborns until
their first birthday. On each left-hand page, a lesson on fractions
incorporates data about the animals. The explanations, which combine
text with pictographs, are clear and well formulated. . . This thoroughly
enjoyable offering has many worthwhile features, and teachers and
children alike can make good use of it."
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A Junior Library