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Bigger, Better, Best! (MathStart 2) [Paperback]

By Stuart J. Murphy (Author), Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) & Stuart J. Murphy (Illustrator)
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In their family's new house, Jenny, Jeff, and Jill use a simple geometry concept to calculate area and prove, once and for all, whose room is bigger. Simultaneous.

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Bigger, Better, Best (LEVEL 2: Area)

In their family′s new house, Jenny and Jeff are driving their little sister, Jill, crazy. Who has the bigger window? Who has the bigger bedroom? Jenny and Jeff must use a simple geometry concept to calculate area in order to prove once and for all whose room is bigger.

Ages 6+

Citations And Professional Reviews
Bigger, Better, Best! (MathStart 2) by Stuart J. Murphy & Marsha Winborn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 258
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/01/2002 page 1138
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2003 page 128
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 126
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 15
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 126
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 193

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   33
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 20, 2002
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  6-10
ISBN  0064462471  
ISBN13  9780064462471  
UPC  046594004994  

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More About Stuart J. Murphy & Marsha Winborn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I SEE I LEARN(R). The I SEE I LEARN(R) books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.

Stuart J. Murphy currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. Stuart J. Murphy was born in 1942.

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A master at creating fantasy and at recreating the mythos of the Arthurian legends (MERLIN'S BOOKE), Jane Yolen offers readers an original tale from King Arthur's youth--with hints of his legendary future. Thirteen-year-old Artos, orphaned fosterling of Sir Ector, finds himself the youngest of a band of unruly, illiterate, nobly-bred bullies, though barely accepted. In danger of becoming truly one of the wild bunch one day Artos stumbles upon a cave whose existence he did not suspect. Unwilling but curious he soon becomes drawn to the unseen occupant: a harsh-voiced old dragon. For reasons known best to himself this Master of Riddles has chosen Artos to receive his wisdom of more than a lifetime.

In this novella of 120 pages Artos gradually realizes that there are many kinds of wisdom, from diverse and even contradictory sources-- some of which he must puzzle out for himself: book learning, reading between the lines of life, court and courtyard smarts, plus navigating the intricacies of the human heart. Christened with a new and puzzling patronymic epithet, Artos must mature to don with pride and dignity the surname of Pendragon--son of the dragon. But surely he is not the son of This ancient dragon, whom he had finally grown to love! The literary pacing changes in the last two chapters, where there is plot and action are repalced by more serious dialogue. With oblique references to Arthur's future glory in Celtic legend, Yolen includes pages of deep introspection, which may strain the interest of very young readers. Yet
we can never get enough of Arthur, creator of Camelot--a shining place which has captured the imagination of Western civilizaion for centuries. The world will long remain the richer for his chivalric legacy.
The Dragon's boy  Jan 30, 2006
Artos, an orphan, housed since birth by sir Ector and Lady Marion. Artos is in many ways just like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Until one day when he must go out into the woods in search of Sir Ector's missing brachet hound. He enters a cave in hopes that the hound is within, but instead of a hound he finds an old, but very wise dragon. From the knowledge that the dragon gives Artos, he is able to befriend and become an equal to Cai, Bedvere and Lancot, three boys around his age but much higher in ranking, or so it seems.

It is a well-written book, but I didn't really like the style it was written in, it is also a slow moving book, so if you like slow moving books this is a good book for you. She went into a lot of detail about stuff that never happens, like what would happen if the dragon ate him. It's an okay book if you have nothing better to read, but lots of detail, which is okay sometimes but not always.
Unique Arthurian story  May 29, 2001
Everyone's read the oft-accepted story of King Arthur's boyhood, right? A seemingly orphaned fosterling is raised by kindly Sir Ector, doesn't really know who he is. This story gives a mild but enjoyable twist on the old tale.

Artos is a young orphan in Sir Ector's castle, whose only playmates are the sons of Sir Ector, who often look down on him. One day, as he chases the dog Boadie into the woods, he comes across a cave that appears to have a massive dragon inside it. Though Artos is initially afraid, he befriends the ancient dragon. The dragon, in exchange for foodstuffs from the kitchen, will teach Artos wisdom.

The teachings that the dragon give Artos unconsciously change his outlook and his treatment of other people - even those below him. But after a strange incident in which the dragon temporarily vanishes, Artos discovers the truth about his friend.

Aside from the works of Gerald Morris, I don't think I've found a more likeable version of King Arthur than Artos. The lessons that he is taught are mild but creep into the mind and take root, transforming him effectively from a "bulky, unruly, illiterate boy" to a thoughtful and compassionate soul (he isn't perfect, but who is?)

The supporting cast is sparkling, from "Garlic" Meg the kitchen maid, ancient Druid wiseman Linn, and the cheerful smith who provides Artos with his first sword. The writing style is admittedly a bit bare at times, but not so much that it is difficult to read. The dialogue and visualization of the final chapter are perhaps the best part, almost mystical.

A small note to those reading this book for the first time: Read carefully what the supporting characters say, and you might just guess ahead of time what is up with the dragon.

A magical tale without real magic, this is an enjoyable tale for lovers of a darn good story and a must-see for Arthuriana nuts!

The Dragon Boy  May 23, 2001
I loved this book and it was so cool because I liked the dragon he was cool looking and his teeth are a little bit long and sharp. The book isn't scary at all and the boy meets the dragon in the begining of the book.The book is pretty cool. You should read it it's good. The three main characters are Mag, Sir Ector, and Artos. What I liked about this book was that they're is a dragon in it and a red diamond, and what I didn't like about this book was that all they did was talk about Mag, and Artos. The author is a very good writer. This book was very good you should read it.
Amazing Arthur  Mar 5, 2001
When I first read this book I had no clue it was about King Arthur, as a young boy or otherwise, because the copy at my library didn't proclaim in bold letters "A Tale of Young King Arthur." Not until the very end did it dawn on me that this wonderful book I was reading had anything at all to do with the legendary King Arthur I had already read so much about. But this book is not about King Arthur until the very end. For the most part it is about a boy named Artos and his trials and tribulations in growing up and meeting a dragon. This dragon teaches him things he would have no chance to learn anywhere else and balances out his life in a most peculiar way.

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