That's a possibility! A book about what might happen

Bruce Goldstone

Book - 2013

"With colorful photographs and interactive examples, Bruce Goldstone introduces children to the ideas of something being possible, probable, or impossible. Each spread features an easy-to-understand, fun scenario such as dice rolling and bowling, with questions about probable outcomes and simple explanations. In the vein of GREAT ESTIMATIONS, this is a perfect book for getting across important math concepts in a fun way"--

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Published
New York : Henry Holt and Coompany 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
32 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780805089981
0805089985
Main Author
Bruce Goldstone (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

There's a strong possibility that children will be intrigued by this flashy introduction to the math concept of probability. Sumptuous and delectable photos of a wide range of items, such as gum balls, colorful balloons, goldfish, flowers, parrots, and a teddy bear (with 100 outfits no less!), fill the pages and are used to demonstrate what constitutes possible, impossible, certain, probable, unlikely, and so forth. The concepts are put forth simply in a few sentences with questions directed at the reader. For example, alongside a photo of a child jumping into water is text that reads, "What will probably happen when this jumper hits the water?" This is a sterling example of how to make a potentially difficult and possibly off-putting topic easy to swallow. Children who have devoured this will not be prepared for Probability 101, nor will it help them win the lottery, but it is a fine, playful introduction and—as Goldstone suggests in the author's note—it could help them articulate their ideas when discussing possibilities. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Goldstone builds on his mini-oeuvre of math-themed picture books (following Great Estimations and Greater Estimations) by placing the study of probability in a playful, real-world context. Starting with basic concepts of possibility, certainty, and impossibility ("Will an elephant hatch from this egg? That's impossible!"), he stages highly specific situations in photographic and digital illustrations. "Will this butterfly land on one of the purple flowers?" he asks. "That's probable. Can you see why?" (Spiky purple thistles dwarf and outnumber two yellow flowers, helping readers make the connection.) Goldstone slowly builds complexity, using dice and cards to examine odds and scenarios with a great many possible outcomes. A smart intro to a pivotal math concept. Ages 7–10. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 4—As he did in Great Estimations (Holt, 2006), Goldstone takes a mathematical concept and makes it easily understandable for children and great fun as well. Using a question/answer format, he explains possibility, impossibility, probability, improbability, and certainty. Each concept is accompanied by photographs that are not only sharp and clear, but that also employ colors that make the pictures really pop. Varying sizes and fonts add interest, and the subjects that Goldstone has chosen to illustrate the concepts have a great deal of child appeal. The pages featuring combinations have adorable Squidgy the Bear dressed in the 100 outfits made possible by his possessing 10 shirts and 10 pairs of pants. It's "bearly possible" to predict which outfit he will wear because of the 1 in 100 odds. This book will be a boon to teachers working with these concepts, and it will attract browsers as well. A first purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ [Page 122]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"With colorful photographs and interactive examples, Bruce Goldstone introduces children to the ideas of something being possible, probable, or impossible. Each spread features an easy-to-understand, fun scenario such as dice rolling and bowling, with questions about probable outcomes and simple explanations. In the vein of GREAT ESTIMATIONS, this is a perfect book for getting across important math concepts in a fun way"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Combines colorful photographs and interactive examples in an introduction to the science and math of probability that provides comprehensive explanations about games of chance and various easy-to-understand scenarios. By the author of Great Estimations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Introduces young readers to the ideas of something being possible, probable, or impossible, featuring such scenarios as dice rolling and bowling, with questions about probable outcomes and simple explanations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

With colorful photographs and interactive examples, Bruce Goldstone's That's a Possibility introduces children to the ideas of something being possible, probable, or impossible. Each spread features an easy-to-understand scenario such as dice rolling, with questions about probable outcomes and simple explanations. In the vein of Great Estimations, this is a perfect book for getting across important math concepts in a fun way.This title has Common Core connections.