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The Great Graph Contest


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Loreen Leedy has been writing and illustrating picture books since she was 25 years old. She is the author of numerous books for children, including 2 X 2=Boo, Seeing Symmetry, and Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt and Change the World. Her books have been ALA Notable books, KirkusReviews Best Books, and Booklist Editors Choices. Loreen lives in central Florida. Find her online at


Gr 1-3-A splashy and colorful offering designed to inform and entertain. Chester the snail sets up a contest between his friends Gonk the toad and Beezy the lizard to see who can make the best graph, telling them that points will be given for "correct math, creativity, and neatness." Beezy and Gonk explore all aspects of data management, including data collection (tallies and surveys) and the use of graphic organizers (Venn diagrams, quantity graphs, circle graphs, picture graphs, and bar graphs). In the end, readers will observe from Chester's graphically designed score sheet that the result is a tie. The lively text, delivered in large type and contained in dialogue and thought balloons, is engaging and well supported by the vivid, cartoon illustrations. An occasional photograph creates an interesting, mixed-media effect. While the story itself is informative, true instruction is provided at the end of the book where each graph's data collection and construction is carefully explained, with a page reference provided. An exciting and energetic math resource.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A splashy and colorful offering designed to inform and entertain . . . An exciting and energetic math resource."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Leedy makes graphing simple and fun in this delightfully clever outing. . . . Well-crafted explanations make it easy for young readers to create their own graphs. . . . Highly educational and fun to boot. --Kirkus Reviews

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