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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? Determined to solve the problem, Joe rearranges the bugs in his squadron until inspiration and fortitude result in five lines of five-and Joe fits in at last. Joe's story is a fun and entertaining introduction to the concept of remainders, sure to become a favorite of kids, parents, and teachers alike.
When the queen of her bugs demands that her army march in even lines, Private Joe divides the marchers into more and more lines so that he will not be left out of the parade.
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.