Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Life's Little Equations

Ok. I'm a reading teacher, so I love books.  All books.  But here is the brutally, honest truth: I L.O.V.E. picture books. I need them. I want them. I have to have them!  I check out books all the time from my local library, but then I fall in love.  I need them. I want them.  I have to have them in my hands!  (Ask my husband, I seriously have a problem.  There is no budget big enough for great books!)

I just picked up this book a couple hours ago from the library and I've already purchased in on Amazon!  I need it!  I want it!  And you are going to have to add this book to your collection at home and at school too!

One of my local (Chicago) favorite authors is Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  She has written many fun books like Little Pea,  The OK Book, Yes Day! and her newest titled: This Plus That: Life's Little Equations.  Amy plays with words in math sentences and proves to the reader that life is made up of many equations, but it always adds up to something special.

Some of my favorite little equations:

practice + practice = learning

          practice + practice + practice = mastering

cozy + smell of pancakes - alarm clock = weekend

          good days + bad days = real life

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My Turn:  Life's Equations for Tuesday

Ice Cream Sundae Chocolate Sauce Food Macro November 08, 20103photo © 2010 Steven Depolo | more info (via: Wylio)
vanilla ice cream + lots of chocolate sauce = yummy dessert
anything + chocolate = better

Playground shadowsphoto © 2006 Phil | more info (via: Wylio)

sunshine + warm breeze + recess = students think it's summer

DSC_0179photo © 2010 Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt | more info (via: Wylio)
snuggles + giggles + smiles = 2(happy baby)

walking + falling = one year olds

mama + dada + uh-oh = first words

2(beautiful daughters) + pure love = amazingly blessed family

great idea + mentor text = perfecting a craft
          writing + sharing Slice of Life x comments = happy blogger

Life starts todayphoto © 2008 Jonas Bengtsson | more info (via: Wylio)

What little equations 
sum up your life?


  1. SOLD! I don't even have to see the inside I just love the title! I'm off to Amazon! Thanks Michelle.

  2. Now that's the kind of math I could love!

  3. blog talking about a new book + known author (Rosenthal) = gotta have

    I LOVE Amy Rosenthal (have you seen her Wonder Book? Love it!). I too have an addiction to picture books. Thanks for the info.

  4. So funny that both of us wrote about books. I understand and you just sold me on another one. What I do is put the new ideas on the Amazon wish list, then slowly whittle it down. Thanks for the new heads up, and I love your own 'little' equations, maybe especially the baby ones.

  5. I, too, love picture books. Hence the reason I review so many of them! (More reviews to come in the weeks to come.)

    Your lines (I need them. I want them. I have to have them!) reminded me of Earrings from Judith Viorst. Awesome.


  6. Perfect--you have sold me too! Sounds like a great idea for my creative writing kids--will go along with their six word memoirs

  7. I just finished reading "Of Primary Importance" by Ann Marie Corgill. She talks about writing word equations as a form of poetry. I thought that this book would be a perfect fit for that. What a great way to connect math with reading.

    Like you, I am a picture book lover. And like you, there is never a budget big enough for books or enough bookshelves. Happy picture book reading and please continue to share your new finds with us.

  8. As you well know, math was never my best subject, but this makes total sense to me. I guess I'll have to frequent the children's section of our library.

    So... Skype + grandbabies = a happy Grandma

    blogging + feedback = sharing & learning

    Reading the Bible + prayer = a sense of calm

    Love, M

  9. I am definitely getting this! I feel that same way -- I stopped going to the library because I always ended up wanting and buying all the titles. You did a great job with your equations.

  10. It worked, Michelle! I wrote the editor & she replied quickly. Thank you very much for the heads up. I won something! (Guess it wasn't much of a drawing, though-te he).

  11. I could hear your passionate voice at the beginning. The short sentences were especially strong.
    I like how you experiment using the book as a mentor text.

  12. Oh I feel another inspiration from you Michelle...I love the idea hmm..equations of my life..can't wait to start thinking, creating and then writing!!!!

  13. Such a lovely book, Hope it's as good as it looks..
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