Written and Illustrated by Tracey M. Cox
In a world where people still question what good math is, this brand new counting book brings counting and color recognition right into the real world. All the children in the text has access to a bowl of bubble gum balls. In turn, each child picks out the balls of the color he or she wants. Cox shows the bowl and lets the reader count the balls of that color in the bowl, among the other colors. The child then blows a bubble matching the ball color and growing progressively bigger with each new number. The highly repetitive text is perfect for younger children and makes independent reading a strong possibility, especially for first graders. Reading activities can definitely include more counting in dishes. Coins, colored blocks, or jelly beans.
The simple style of the illustrations enhances the simple concepts presented in the text. These are concepts that provide a solid foundation for future learning. Even the amusing author photo at the end has a great big bubble the author presumably blew. Do we know how many gum balls she chewed?
- Title: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish
- Author/Illustrator: Tracey M. Cox
- Published: Guardian Angel Publishing, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Paperback, 32 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 1
- Genre: Nonfiction, Counting, Colors
- ISBN: 9781616337711