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Title:
How tall, how short, how far away
Author:
Adler, David A.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Introduces several measuring systems such as the Egyptian system, the inch-pound system, and the metric system.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 49486.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780823413751

9780823416325
Format :
Book

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Introduces several measuring systems such as the Egyptian, inch-pound, and metric system.


Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. From the author and illustrator of Fraction Fun (1996) and Shape Up! (1998), this graphically dynamic volume introduces the concept of measurement. Adler explains how systems of measuring developed in ancient Egypt and Rome; how measurements became standardized; the origin of the metric system; and methods of measuring length, height, and distance. Bold color and creative design (especially the backgrounds of subtly designed rulers) give the pages visual zip. At the same time, the text's simplicity makes the ideas clear and easy to follow. A good basic book for children who are learning measurement using either the customary or metric system or (more likely) both. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A lively discussion of the history of measurement that incorporates some hands-on activities. Students may be surprised to learn that in ancient Egypt, parts of the body were used as measuring tools; a digit was the width of one finger, and a palm was the width of four fingers. Terms such as span and cubit are similarly defined. Explanations progress from Egyptian methods to the customary (or inch-pound) to the metric system. Readers are encouraged to use these various systems to measure their height and think about what units they could use for distances. The leisurely pace of the presentation picks up significantly in the last third of the book and readers might feel they are being rushed through two final activities that detail how to make a metric ruler, discuss odometers, and suggest activities to gauge distances in kilometers. The oversized white print against the bold background colors is easy to read and the full- and double-page computer-generated illustrations on every spread will engage readers.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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