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Title:
The dragon's scales : a math reader
Author:
Albee, Sarah.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2003]

©1998
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
When a dragon threatens to disrupt the life of the townspeople, a little girl challenges the scaly creature to a math contest involving knowledge of weight.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 2463.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 03306 Guided reading level: I.
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ISBN:
9780679883814

9780679983811
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When a hot-tempered dragon seizes the local bridge, the people of Berryville are cut off from their supply of beloved strawberries until they can correctly answer three questions related to weight. The grownups of the town are stumped, but one very smart little girl saves the day with some facts she learned in school.


Author Notes

Sarah Albee was born in 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Harvard University from 1981-1984. Albee was a member of The American University in Cairo Presidential Interns. This group is for alumni from the Presidential Intern Program at the American University in Cairo.

Albee started her career as a newspaper cartoonist and a semi-professional basketball player. She writes children's books for many age groups and under a number of pseudonyms like Constance Allen, Catherine Lukas, and Sarah Wilson. She has had three of her books appear on the New York Times Bestseller list. Sarah Albee is an author of Sesame Street and Big Bag books; she also wrote the script for Elmo and the Orchestra. Albee has also contributed to the Elmo's Neighborhood and Sesame Street ABCs series. She is also a writer for books from the non-Muppet series, Blue's Clues.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-2. In this cheerful fantasy from the Step into Reading Plus Math series, a dragon takes over the bridge that leads to a town's beloved berry fields. A clever girl challenges the beast to a test of wits using balancing scales. Answering questions such as "Which weighs more, one apple or two peas?" and "Which weighs more, a little bag of gold or a big bag of cotton?" the child wins the contest. She promises to share the berries, and the creature becomes the town "watchdragon." Weaving mathematical ideas into the story, this book will challenge beginning readers in two directions at once, while allowing them to feel superior to the not-so-villainous dragon. Lively, colorful, and sometimes comical, the artwork gives the book an appealing look. --Carolyn Phelan