How Much is a Million? – David Schwartz

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 760
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688099335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688099336

EXCERPT from Scientific American:
An attempt to help children conceptualize the immensity of numbers is aided immeasurably by the artist’s jovial, detailed, whimsical illustrations. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician demonstrates the meaning of a million by showing his four young friends (plus two cats, a dog, and a unicorn) that it would take twenty-three days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale. Seven pages are printed with tiny white stars on a grid pattern against a blue sky — adding up to only one hundred thousand stars! And after that, a billion and a trillion are discussed, all with equally or even more outstanding examples; a trillion children standing on each other’s shoulders would almost reach to the rings of Saturn. The author concludes with several pages of the mathematical calculations which support his examples, very clearly and humorously explained. An unusual idea, smoothly and amusingly presented.

Rationale for Inclusion:
This book provides a visual introduction to mathematical concepts and expands rote counting in a fun, captivating story. Children frequently hear the word “million” in terms of population, dollars, or other context. How Much is a Million? gives them a tangible picture of how immense a million actually is.

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