Albert the Muffin-Maker: Ordinal Numbers

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8.3 X 8.3 X 0.3 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Eleanor May is the author of many books for Kane Press, including a number of titles in the Mouse Math and Math Matters series. She also writes under the pen names Nan Walker and Lewis B. Montgomery. She lives with her family in eastern Pennsylvania. Deborah Melmon has been a freelance illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years. Among her many picture books are Picnic at Camp Shalom, Speak Up, Tommy, One Good Deed, and Chicken Soup, Chicken, Soup. Deborah lives with a comical Airedale Terrier named Mack.

An adorable mouse and his sister deliver a lesson about ordinal numbers as they back oatmeal muffins. Oddly, the book excludes specific measurements in the recipe that Albert uses, but the Ordinal-number theme is thoughtfully constructed, and each ordinal (e.g., 11th, 12th) is presented in bold and with a matching visual icon. At the end of the book, additional follow-up discussion questions and a recipe for playdough cookies (this time with measurements) provide useful extension activities. Although the theme of ordinal numbers is prominent, young readers will not feel overly instructed; Melmon's endearing mice, created with soft watercolor and pencil, are enough to carry the story. --School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (6/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

Albert the mouse decides to make muffins, but where can he find the 10 ingredients he needs? At his sister Wanda's suggestion, he asks neighbors and friends for the necessary items: first, flour; second, oatmeal; third, baking powder; fourth, salt; fifth, cinnamon; sixth, walnuts; seventh, honey; eighth, oil; ninth, applesauce. He swipes the tenth ingredient, fresh milk, from the cat's bowl. After the baking is done, Albert and Wanda deliver muffins to everyone who shared (even the cat). Like the other picture books in the Mouse Math series, this one has a purpose. Both text and illustrations incorporate ordinal numbers. As each ingredient is mentioned during the baking sequence, a picture of it appears with the others along the bottom of each double-page spread: a bag of flour above the word first, a jar of oatmeal above the word second, and so on. Two appended pages suggest related activities. Teachers looking for picture books that reinforce the concept of ordinal numbers will find this a pleasant, lightly amusing choice. --Booklist Online

-- "Website" (4/30/2014 12:00:00 AM)

Ordinal numbers are featured in this delightful entry in the Mouse Math series starring brother-and-sister team Albert and Wanda.
With his sunny, polka-dot apron on, Albert is excited to make muffins. But then Wanda informs him that they are out of flour. Dismayed, Albert points to the recipe list. 'But flour is the first ingredient!...I can't make muffins without flour.' Wanda suggests that Albert do what their mother does when she is missing an ingredient: ask the neighbors. And so starts Albert's enthusiastic quest for the 10 ingredients--all of which he ends up borrowing from friends, neighbors or relatives who are happy to share. At the bottom of the page, readers can see a picture of each ingredient, with its ordinal number, as Albert acquires them. He makes a daring dash from his mouse hole for the last thing--milk--snatching a mouse-sized bottleful from the cat's bowl. After the muffins are baked, Wanda leads Albert by the paw with their basket of hot muffins as they deliver one to each contributor (even the cat), another opportunity for May to reiterate the ordinals. The colorful drawings are delightfully expressive, each mouse endowed with a defined and individualized personality. Exercises appended reinforce the lesson.
An enjoyable, instructive story with humor, heart and a pair of adorable mice. --Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (3/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)