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Less Than Zero by Stuart J. Murphy
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Less Than Zero

by Stuart J. Murphy

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Genre: Informational

Critique: This book is an excellent example of informational, as it conveys the concept of negative numbers in a story that is relatable for children, and puts the concept into real-world context for them

Summary: Perry the penguin needs to save up 9 clams to buy an ice scooter. However, every time he saves, he usually ends up needing to spend some, so sometimes he owes clams (negative money) and sometimes he is owed money (positive clams). Through monetary responsibility and understanding of negatives, he learns to save up enough to buy his scooter and then some.

Style: The author Uses personification in order to bring the characters to life for this book. He gives them human characteristics so that they can experince the human problem of money issues, thus giving the book its plot

Media: The book doesn't say but it looks like watercolor and ink ( )
  Rose_Hawblitzel | Oct 25, 2011 |
This was better than Divide and Ride and did a good job demonstrating the concept of negative numbers although the kids still didn't think it was a fabulous book. ( )
  momma2 | Jul 14, 2011 |
Perry the Penguin wants an ice scooter just like his friends, more than anything. After saving up and spending his clams to buy the special scooter, he finally comes up with nine to buy it. This is a good read aloud for young children learning math skills that teach numbers that are less than zero.

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This website is abbout the author, Stuart J. Murphy and contains information and fun games for students to learn more about his books. ( )
  smmote | Mar 29, 2010 |
This is a great book to introduce children to negative numbers! ( )
  meotoole | Nov 17, 2009 |
I love any books by Stuart Murphy because it incorporates a lesson. Math is something that most children do not enjoy as they get older so reading books like this will help increase their knowledge. Math is something that needs to be enforced greatly because it will be learned for many years to come! ( )
  cpage_07 | Oct 21, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060001267, Paperback)

Perry the Penguin needs 9 clams to buy an ice scooter -- but he's not very good at saving. As Perry earns, spends, finds, loses, and borrows clams, a simple line graph demonstrates the concept of negative numbers.

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While trying to save enough money to buy a new ice scooter, Perry the Penguin learns about managing his money and about negative numbers.

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