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Book: The Great Divide
Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator: Erin E. Hunter
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-5215 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-5307 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60718-5390 (eBook)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Slade, Suzanne. The Great Divide (published in 2012 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464). We’ve all heard about a pride of lions or a pack of wolves, but do you know what a group of gorillas is called? In a manner similar to her What’s New at the Zoo? (addition), What’s the Difference? (subtraction), and Multiply on the Fly (multiplication), author Suzanne Slade uses rhyming verse to introduce youngsters to division facts as they also learn about what bunches of different kinds of animals are called. For instance, if you have twenty tough gorillas, and they all march off in five directions, how many will be in each band?
The first couple of pages point out that many animals spend a lot of time with their families and friends and then identify the names for many collections of common animals, such as a skulk of foxes and a dray of squirrels. In the back, a collective nouns matching activity, a “Where in the World” quiz, and a couple of pages with further information about division “For Creative Minds,” can all be found, and there are even more activities and quizzes for The Great Divide at the publisher’s website. Erin E. Hunter’s illustrations are a great addition to this cross-curricular approach where children can bone up on their division in a setting where they can also study a little bit about nature.