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Twenty is too many / Kate Duke.

Duke, Kate. (Author).
Book Book (2000.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2000.
4 of 5 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 0525420266 :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A tale of twenty adventurous guinea pigs on sea and land illustrates the process of subtraction as their numbers dwindle.
Citation: Duke, Kate. "Twenty is too many." New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2000.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 2000
    Ages 3^-7. Like Duke's One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough (1998), this book effortlessly and amusingly teaches simple math concepts. This time the focus is on subtraction. A ship sets off with 20 adorable, active guinea pigs. Ten leave immediately, with the others leaving one at a time for various reasons. The subtraction is reinforced numerically at the corner of each page, and there's a small illustration showing what the recently departed guinea pig is doing. Little ones will be entertained by the animal antics and learn some simple math without even knowing they're doing it. The book also reinforces knowledge of basic adjectives and adverbs and introduces a few new ones: "flabbergasted" guinea pigs are much cuter than "seasick" ones. ((Reviewed July 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2000 June #2
    The irrepressible and mathematically driven guinea pigs are back, and the teaching of subtraction is the better for it. This time, the roly-poly rodents start out on a ship that threatens to sink if the occupancy isn't reduced from 20. Fortunately, 10 guinea pigs go for a swim right off the bat: "Twenty sinking guinea pigs minus ten diving guinea pigs leaves ten floating guinea pigs." Duke next reduces her group one by one, as a story unfolds the characters' arrival at a desert island, where they discover a hidden treasure and the joys of surfing. As in One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough, Duke plants oversize, colorful numerals prominently in each airy, rollicking double-page spread, and the guinea pigs comically capitalize on their presence (for the spread illustrating 5-1=4, the boat is shown lashed to the numeral four). The appropriate equation appears in the lower-right corner of the spread when each stage of subtraction is completed. Although Duke's last words to her audience are "And one can be fun," the final, textless illustration shows all the subtracted guinea pigs exuberantly reunited on the rather tiny island. Will they try multiplying next? Ages 3-7. (July) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2000 August
    PreS-Gr 2-Twenty guinea pigs can be too many if they are crowded into one small, sinking boat. It floats more easily after 10 of them hit the waves. Then, one by one, others leave. One floats off with balloons; another decides to explore the island. A fisher pig gets pulled away by a huge sea serpent; and one sneaks away with the contents of the picnic cooler. Eventually, only one is left, "And one-can be fun." The text illustrates the pattern of subtraction by one. "Nine waving guinea pigs minus one swinging guinea pig leaves eight seasick guinea pigs." The lively watercolors offer humorous detail and foreshadow the action. Careful observers will note that the rope from which one creature is swinging is frayed. The next page shows the animal plummeting into the water. Tiny pictures in the margin reassure readers that nothing horrible happens despite the mishaps. Subtraction equations are superimposed on the illustrations, and the large numbers sometimes become part of the action. A seasick mariner rests on the loop of the eight, and the boat is tied upto the base of the four. Rollicking action, humor, and appealing characters make this clever book a fun way to learn the concept of subtraction and it provides an excellent companion volume to the author's addition book, One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough (Dutton, 1998).-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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