Friday, April 25, 2008

Extra! Extra!

By far the most popular book that we've read so far during National Poetry Month festivities has been Yael Schy and David M. Schwartz's Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed. This engrossing book pairs poems about different animals with gorgeous photographs of each animal camouflaged in its habitat. Emerson students have loved the challenge of guessing the animal using clues from the poems, spotting the clever camouflage, and then learning neat facts about the animals. (Did you know that weasels eat half their weight daily and that crab spiders change their colors based on the flowers of the season?)

It was hard to surpass the thrill of this book, but we managed... with amazing news! David M. Schwartz will be coming to Emerson on May 16th! Want to know more?

Schwartz is the author of How Much is a Million? and almost 50 other books, including If You Made a Million, G is for Googol, Q Is for Quark, If You Hopped Like a Frog, and the “Look Once, Look Again” science series. His latest book is Where In the Wild? A popular speaker for children and educators, Schwartz emphasizes the importance of mathematics in everyone’s life, and the many connections between math, science and literacy.

“Children love numbers,” Schwartz says, “and when they see how numbers connect to their everyday lives, they can get really excited about math.” At schools, he uses amusing props to make mathematical concepts come alive as he leads his audience on a fascinating journey through a world where mathematics opens doors to understanding the world.

In his presentations, as in his books, Schwartz is both entertaining and educational. His assembly programs often leave children laughing, even screaming, with excitement. Teachers comment that students are inspired in both math and writing. With his insights on linking math and science with literature, Schwartz has often been invited to be a keynote speaker at conferences for teachers, librarians and other educators all over the United States. He has spoken at hundreds of schools around the world.

Since its publication in 1985, Schwartz’s first book, How Much Is A Million?, has become a classic of children’s mathematical literature. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg, it has won many awards and was featured on Public Television’s “Reading Rainbow.” It was a main selection of the Children’s Book of the Month Club. Inspired by Schwartz’s book, children in hundreds of schools have undertaken projects based on the number 1,000,000 (one million). At some schools and public libraries, children have attempted to read a million pages and have gained local or national fame along the way. Other schools have collected a million pennies and used the money to buy books for the school library.

A New York native and a graduate of Cornell University, Schwartz now lives in Oakland, CA.

We can't wait for Mr. Schwartz's visit!


Anonymous said...

It sounds really exciting. Even though I am older, the book sounds like a lot of fun - I'm going to have to find it in the library and read it.

I hope all the kids have fun when the author visits!!!

JL's sister

Claire Scott said...

It really is a cool book, and even better, there's another one coming out this summer.

I think our assemblies should be fantastic... I can't wait. Make sure that JL tells you all about it :)!

Emerson said...

In hopped like a frog, I really liked the part when the boy hopped from home plate to first base.

Emerson said...

Hopped like a frog was a funny book.I like when the boys head got tiny.

Pamela said...

Hopped like a Frog was a fun book. I liked when the boy ate a huge hot dog, because it was funny to see the boy eat something that big.

Claire Scott said...

It's so nice to see your comments, guys! Isn't it a terrific book?

The amazing thing is that it's not just funny - those facts are actually true! The book is NONFICTION -- a "fact book". When you're reading it with Ms. Van der Poel, make sure to look at the last two pages where it explains exactly how those things can be true.

Isn't it going to be exciting seeing Mr. Schwartz tomorrow? I can't wait!

Emerson said...

The book, "If you hopped like a Frog", was a fun book to read. It showed us what we could do as people if we were like these animals like eating a bunch of hamburgers, and having a long neck like a crane.


Emerson said...

"Super Grandpa" was an amazing book. It's about an old man that is trying to be in a race, but they won't let him because he is not strong and very old. He didn't care, so he went to the race anyway. Even though the others were younger and stronger he just kept going.
It was motivating, because no matter what people say you can't do, you should keep trying no matter what.

Emerson said...

I read the book "if you hopped like a Frog". I liked when the football player ran down the field sper fast. It was interesting to find out how fast we could run compared to a spider if we were like big spiders.
from raymond

Emerson said...

"If you hopped like a frog" I like the part of the book when the boy could hop to the first base.I liked how he figured out, through math, that the frog could jump 20 times his body size.

Pamela said...

I just read "if I hopped like a frog" and I liked the part about the football player running to the touchdown. IF I really did run like spider it would really hurt if I crashed.
your friend C.R

Emerson said...

"if you hopped like a "frog" was a fun book. I really liked your book. I liked the part when he jumped on top of the Statue of Liberty like a flea. It would be fun if I could really jump that high. It was cool when you used math to make up the book.
by mario

Emerson said...

I like your book "If you hopped like a Frog". if you flicked your tongue like a chameleon, then you would be done eating your food in a second. Another part about the page that would be interesting is changing colors like a chameleon.

I would like to read your other book on camouflaged animals.


dominick said...

I thought "If you hopped like a Frog" was exciting. I liked the football player running like a spider. I wish I could run that fast.

Hope to see you tomorrow
your friend Dominick.