Building on the work started in the first two books in the series—Help Me Learn Numbers 0–20 (2011) and Help Me Learn Addition (2012)—Marzollo walks parents and young children through the basics of subtraction. This is a perfect pick for reading together as the rhyming text naturally guides children to the correct answer: "5 birds in a tree. 2 fly away. That leaves ___ (3)." Phillips' bright photos complement the text in a clear and easy-to-follow way. The subtraction problem being discussed is shown using toys against a blank background that helps highlight the action. In her author's note, Marzollo talks with parents about the Common Core State Standards and the importance of teaching children about the basics of subtraction as a take-away action and how to create number sentences (10 – 2 = 8). This book is a great way for parents and kids to get a jump-start on learning in a fun way that will, in addition to teaching math skills, encourage shared reading. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
In the third title in the photograph-based Help Me Learn series (following Help Me Learn Numbers 0–20 and Help Me Learn Addition), Marzollo uses puppets, figurines, and other playful items to demonstrate math equations, which are presented both numerically and in words. "6 shy dinosaurs don't know what to do./ So 4 try to hide!/ That leaves ____ (2)./ 6 – 4 = 2." The novel collections of finger puppets, pipe cleaner dogs, and other objects stand out against solid-colored backgrounds; on occasional spreads, a pair of bespectacled figurines give running commentary: "That's not subtraction." "That's addition!" they shout on an early spread that gives a brief refresher using five birds. A detailed and eye-catching primer for preschoolers. Ages 4–7. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
Introduces the concept of subtraction, using toys to explain how to subtract any numbers within twenty and how to work with subtraction equations.Review by Publisher Summary 2
This book is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten and first grade in mathematics in operations and algebraic thinking (K.OA and 1.OA). Photographs of toy dinosaurs, monsters, piglets, and other objects; rhyming text; and a game help children learn that subtraction is a take-away action! Rows of colorful rubber duckies show subtraction facts. Hummingbirds and chickadees show the difference between addition and subtraction in this entertaining introduction to mathematics.