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. Volume XVII Number 15. . . .December 10, 2010
Tomboy Franny swings from trees, loves lizards and mud but will not take a bath. Ostracized by friends, she dreams of faery godmothers to whisk her to places new. No self-respecting faery godmother would befriend grubby Franny, but four faery fleas insist they can fulfill the same role. They describe a series of wonderful lands, each introducing the characteristics of base numbers one to nine. None prove suitable, and finally chief faery, Flo, suggests the Land of Zero where Franny would not need to meet people or take showers. However, a disgusted Franny, tired of fleas and mathematics, leaves to have a bath, while the faeries, proud of their manipulation, give themselves a high five!
Penn has integrated story, energetic alliterative poetry and mathematics to introduce young children to the concept of basic math awareness. She writes for Highlights for Children magazine and has received various awards and other forms of acclaim in the United States from professionals in the education field regarding her previous titles.
The fast paced story is humorous and inventive, and children will enjoy Fran's dilemma while absorbing the cleverly presented mathematical information about digits and their properties. In a light-hearted manner, the creative, rhyming story brings a fresh approach to introducing children to the idiosyncrasies of numbers.
Aileen Wortley is a retired librarian who lives in Toronto, ON.
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