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Ten magic butterflies

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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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One by one, ten flowers ask a fairy to turn them into butterflies for a night of magical flying, demonstrating to readers the different ways to group numbers to create ten.


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Fairies, butterflies, and magic help to make this math-focused picture book from Danica McKellar, the New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Numbers and star of The Wonder Years , positively enchanting!

Join ten flower friends for a night of excitement that mixes a little math with a lot of magic. As each flower turns into a butterfly, children will discover different ways to group numbers to create ten, an essential building block of math, all while watching each flower's dream come true. (And keep an eye out for the adorable caterpillar who wishes he could fly, too!)

In this, the second book in the McKellar Math line, actress, math whiz, and New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar once again sneaks in secret addition and subtraction concepts to help make your child smarter and uses her proven math success to show children that loving numbers is as easy as a wave of a wand and a BING BANG BOO!

"[Danica McKellar's] bringing her love of numbers to children everywhere." -- Brightly on Goodnight, Numbers

"Danica McKellar is now on a mission to make math fun for even the youngest of kids." -- L.A. Parent Magazine

Author Notes

Danica Mae McKellar was born on January 3, 1975. She is an American actress, author and education advocate. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and later as author of the two New York Times bestsellers, Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, both of which encourage middle-school girls to learn mathematics. Her third math book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, will be published later in 2010.

McKellar studied at UCLA, and majored in mathematics. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ten flowers ask a local fairy to help them achieve their dreams of flight; the fairy complies, turning them into butterflies. Actor, author, and math advocate McKellar uses the flowers' story to touch on concepts of addition, subtraction, and regrouping: "2 butterflies flew as/ 8 flowers looked on./ There were still 10 of them-/ in the sky, on the lawn." Creating a cast of anthropomorphic flowers isn't easy, and Bricking goes in a glossy, commercial direction in her images, giving the flowers large doe eyes and expressive leaf "limbs." Although McKellar's verse can get herky-jerky or syrupy ("But big and tall,/ or short and small,/ being ourselves/ is best of all"), parents may find this backyard fantasy a useful way to jump-start their children's interest in math. Ages 4-6. Author's agent: Laura Nolan, Aevitas Creative Management. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

For 10 flower friends, the grass is always greenerin the sky.Ten Fantasia-like flowers with adorable faces and leaf arms/hands love being together and basking in the sun, but they also can't help wanting to break free of their roots and fly when they see the fairies flitting about in the moonlight. One night, "Said the tiny blue one, / Fairy up in the sky, / you see, I'm a flower, / but I want to fly.' " While the fairy is puzzled at the flower's discontent, she grants its wish and transforms it into a butterfly. One by one the others join their mate in the sky as butterflies, each one's color reflecting its flower origin. At daybreak, though, the new butterflies regret the transformation, and the understanding fairy changes them back again: "But big and tall, / or short and small, / being ourselves / is best of all!" Really? There isn't even one flower that would really rather fly all the time? Throughout, McKellar emphasizes that there are always 10 in all, though some may be flowers and some butterflies at any given point. The endpapers reinforce ways to make 10 by showing 11 combinations, all in two rows of five, which may confuse children, rather than always keeping butterflies separate from flowers and allowing one row to be longer than the other. The bright colors, butterflies, flowers, and the fairy, who is a dark-skinned pixie with long black hair, seem calibrated to attract girly audiences.A deterministic message detracts from the math. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.