Arithmechicks Take Away: A Math Story – written by Anne Marie Stephens, illustrated by Jia Liu

   Arithmechicks Take Away: A Math Story – written by Anne Marie Stephens, illustrated by Jia Liu, Boyds Mills Press, 9781629798080, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? It is bedtime for the ten chicks and their friend Mouse, but they decide to hide from Mama instead. The story subtracts the chicks as they hide in different places. Some repetition will reinforce the language of a subtraction sentence for readers (6 chicks minus 4 chicks equals 2 chicks). Throughout the illustrations are various different ways children can practice subtraction, including a ten frame, a number line, and counting on fingers. All are explained at the end of the book. The illustrations include movement and texture lines to show the fun the chicks are having, and the colors are cozy and soft enough to make this book a great bedtime story. 

Anything you did not like about the book. It’s very simple and there’s not much more to the story than the chicks hiding. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This is ideal for a teacher to read with children as fun subtraction practice, or for a parent homeschooling their child. It would also be a fun bedtime story. I would give it to readers or educators who like Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed or Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes (Dean). 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians, preschool teachers

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Dec. 18, 2020

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