A Remainder of One
Illustrated By: Bonnie MacKain
A Remainder of One   -     By: Elinor J. Pinczes
    Illustrated By: Bonnie MacKain
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A Remainder of One

Illustrated By: Bonnie MacKain
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1995 / Hardcover

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Poor Joe! He wants to march in the parade, but every time the lines are uneven, he must stand aside. What's a poor bug to do? Joe is determined. He studies the problem, rearranging the twenty-five bugs in his squadron from two lines to three lines to four lines, until inspiration and fortitude result in five lines of five - Joe fits in at last. From the author and artist who together created One Hundred Hungry Ants comes A Remainder of One, a painless introduction to the concept of remainders. It's sure to please kids, parents, and teachers alike as an innovative and enjoyable approach to the sometimes daunting principles of mathematics.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 0395694558
ISBN-13: 9780395694558
Ages: 4-8

Publisher's Description

Hup, two, three, four! We're in the 25th Army Corps. Queen's count! Two, three! We are the marching infantry! Poor Joe! He wants to march in the parade, but every time the lines are uneven, he must stand aside. What's a poor bug to do? Joe is determined. He studies the problem, relining the twenty-five bugs in his squadron from two lines to three lines to four lines, until inspiration and fortitude result in five lines of five -- and Joe fits in the last.

Author Bio

Elinor Pinczes and Randall Enos have collaborated together on another book for children, My Full Moon Is Square. Ms. Pinczes is the author of several other books for young readers. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Enos’s illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers for more than forty-five years. He lives in Easton, Connecticut, with his wife.

Publisher's Weekly

As they did in One Hundred Hungry Ants, Pinczes and MacKain apply numerical division to a practical problem-and explain it in an entertaining, visually emphatic way. Keeping to the insect theme, Pinczes introduces the ``25th Army Corps,'' a regiment of 25 beetles on parade. Their blue bug queen ``likes things tidy,'' and when the bugs march two by two, she notices that one bug brings up the rear. The unfortunate Joe has to stand aside rather than be a ``remainder''; on the days that follow, Joe tries dividing the squadron into symmetrical rows of three, then four and, finally, five, when he is at last accommodated. Rather than endorse conformity, this rhyming tale focuses on Joe's search for a solution. And lest squadron-like precision trouble readers, each big-eyed ``bug-soldier'' has a unique patterned shell. MacKain even ensures that the same beetle characters-one with a pointy nose, two wearing glasses, etc.-appear in every spread, allowing readers to play spot-the-bug. Rendered in dusty blues and pasture-green with warm yellow, red and pink accents, her linocut-style art vibrates with energy. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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"Pinczes and MacKain apply numerical division to a practical problem -- and explain it in an entertaining, visually emphatic way." Publishers Weekly, Starred

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