During my last visit to CTC Bookstore, I purchased a book by Keith Baker. I knew I was familiar with some of his other titles once I visited his web page here. He has written familiar rhyming texts that I use for shared reading like Big Fat Hen and Hickory Dickory Dock as well as a book that is in our math basket called Quack and Count. I loved the cover of his new book called Just How Long Can a Long String Be?! I also loved the story about a curious ant who asks his friend bird about how long strings can be. Bird explains it depends on the type of string. Then each page begins with a question about the purpose for the string... Will it skip in a game played with your friends, or tie to a pole with a hook at the end? These questions help little ant answer his own question.
I think the book has so many possibilities for guiding young thinkers. I could see myself using it to help begin discussion about measurement, motion possibly and it would be a great book to use for noticing punctuation as we read like writers during writing workshop. I can't finish without mentioning the pictures in this book. They are fabulous. I am looking forward to sharing it with my students.