My Even Day
By Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed
Illustrated by Karen Lee
When the unnamed narrator wakes up to see a Mom with two heads, he realizes this is no ordinary day. Wackiness highlights the fact that in order to have an even number of things, there could be some extras around. There are two tour guides on their field trip to the zoo instead of one. The trip abounds with other oddities like elephants with four trunks, lions with six wings and alligators with antlers sporting eight golden rings. As the sights become more outlandish, the boy can only hope that the next day will be normal. Alas, the day must be fraction day: one half of his hair is normal, the other half shaved.
This fun read aloud has rhyming text accompanied by a section of reading activities and puzzles to reinforce the “even” concept. Math concepts aren’t easy to make fun but this book is lively with plenty of unexpected twists. The extra activities include math riddles, which would be ideal for a center or an extension activity for a homeschooler. The bright illustrations include visual jokes in the same vein as the ones in the text. Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed are the authors of One Odd Day and One Half Day. Doris’ website is: http://www.abcdoris.com. There is a fun video on the publisher’s website promoting Doris’s books: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Even