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One...Two...Three...Sassafras! (MathStart 1)

Stuart J. Murphy, John Wallace (Illustrator)


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Help kids with their math skills plus their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series!

One...Two...Three...Sassafras! is perfect for teaching number order to pre-K through kindergarteners. It's the Lumpkin family reunion, and Uncle Howie is ready with his camera. All the cousins have to line up by age for their picture. But just as they are ready to say Sassafras! something goes wrong, every time! This picture-perfect tale of family fun illustrates the important math concept of number order.

Kids will love the story and the funny illustrations by John Wallace. Parents and other educators will love how the story and pictures make understanding comparisons a breeze—as well as the concrete examples of how math works! The book contains activities for adults to do with kids to extend math into their own lives! Math = Fun!

MathStart is an award-winning series by Stuart J. Murphy that teaches math through stories and visual models. Young readers find the stories very engaging and relatable, because each story revolves around practical applications of the math concept being presented and features lively art from top-notch illustrators.

Charts and other visual representations help children understand how the math works and promote deeper comprehension. This unique combination of stories, illustrations, and visual models helps teachers and parents in the teaching of math and provides all children with the opportunity to succeed.

The 63-book series is divided into three levels with 21 books in each. The math concepts taught in MathStart books conform to state and national standards. Level 1 is Pre-K–Kindergarten; Level 2 is Grades 1–3; Level 3 is Grades 2–4. The series follows math topics across grades so there is a foundational path to learning that runs through the levels.

HarperCollins, 9780064462464, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2002

About the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

John Wallace is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Little Bean and Tiny Rabbit Goes to a Birthday Party. He lives with his wife in England.