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A Million Dots - Andrew Clements

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780689858246
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

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It's a long way to

a million, right?

Of course it is.

But do you really know

what a million looks like?

If you'd like to see -- actually see, right now, with your own eyes -- what a million looks like, just open this book.

Be prepared to learn some interesting things along the way.

Like how many shoe boxes it would take to make a stack to Mount Everest.

And be prepared to do some number wondering of your own.

But, most of all, be prepared to be amazed.

Because a million is a LOT of dots.

Here's a picture book that challenges the ease with which so many of us invoke "millions," as one million tiny dots range across some 19 successive double-page spreads. Fanciful illustrations superimposed over the arrays depict the various milestones along the count-up to a million. A cow in a space helmet jumps happily over the moon, while a tiny highlight indicates the 238,857th dot, representing the distance in miles from the Earth to the moon; a chubby tern appears next to his luggage, its tiny highlighted dot indicating that, "[a]n Arctic tern will fly more than 650,000 miles during its lifetime." Clements has done an admirable job selecting kid-friendly facts to aid in the count-up, effectively mixing the serious and the goofy. The concept begs comparison to David M. Schwartz's How Much Is a Million? (1985), and while this offering does its predecessor one better by delivering all one million goods, it lacks some of the earlier book's sparkle. Its clarity of design and variety of facts presented, however, make it a solid browsing book and an entertaining alternative for fact- and number-obsessed kids. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12) (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780689858246
ISBN-10: 0689858248
Audience: Primary / High School
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 27.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1