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The Doorbell Rang (1986)

by Pat Hutchins

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Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.

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I liked this simple division book quite well. The kids are initially excited to get a half-dozen cookies each -- but their faces become glummer and glummer as more and more friends come over and the cookies are divided among more people. But there's a happy ending! Kids and company are ethnically diverse. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
Mom has made cookies: a dozen to share between two kids. But then the doorbell rings and rings and rings as neighbors and cousins pour in, the cookies are divided between more and more people until there aren't enough for everyone to have a whole one. Then grandma shows up with a bunch more.
This is a nice and concrete way to introduce division to young readers. Everyone loves cookies and can wrap their head around evenly distributing them. ( )
  atreffinger | Nov 25, 2019 |
While the kids are splitting the dozen of cookies with one another, the doorbell rings. As more friends come in, they share the cookies evenly as the doorbell continues to ring. The Doorbell Rang is a cute book that can help readers learn about division, while imagining the taste and smell of grandma's cookies. ( )
  Rendi_Yanez | Nov 17, 2019 |
That was a completely boring story, and I didn't like the art. It might make children hate math and reading. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 29, 2019 |
This book is about a lot of people coming over to their home and the children passing out cookies between them so they are all even.
Ages – 3-5
Source – Pierce College library. ( )
  broros | Jun 11, 2019 |
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"I've made some cookies for tea," said Ma.
"No one makes cookies like Grandma," said Ma as the doorbell rang.
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Ma makes the kids, Sam and Victoria, a dozen cookies. She tells them to divide the cookies evenly. Ma tells them that no one makes cookies like Grandma. Suddenly, the door bell rings and unexpected guests show up. Each time people arrive, the kids have to recalculate how many cookies each person gets. This story is a fun way to teach mathematics. The repetitious phrases also help young children to read naturally and engage with the story.
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