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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a delightful book of fanciful equations.Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight. This Plus That proves that life's total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.This book can be used to introduce equatiFrom the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a delightful book of fanciful equations.Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight. This Plus That proves that life's total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.This book can be used to introduce equations or even some basic life lessons. Its warm and amusing tone invites readers to come up with their own life equations, and it makes a creative gift....

Title : This Plus That: Life's Little Equations
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ISBN : 9780061726552
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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This Plus That: Life's Little Equations Reviews

  • Clare Cannon
    2019-05-03 06:14

    What a delightful picture book! The only way to convey its magic is to give you a sample of the wisdom it puts so simply...1 + 1 = Ussmile + wave = hellowishing + frosting = birthdayanything + sprinkles = betterviolin + flue + saxophone + cello + trumpet + clarinet + percussion = symphonyblaming + eye rolling ≠ sincere apology"I'm sorry" + hug = sincere apologymumbling + toe staring ≠ politehandshake + "how are you" = politepractice + practice = learningpractice + practice + practice = masteringchores ÷ everyone = familygood days + bad days = real lifeonce upon a time + happily ever after = pretendbook + chair = cozyAnd my personal favourites:soul + colour = artsoul + words = literaturesoul + sound = musicsoul + movement = danceand(every star in the sky + the sun + the moon) x my heart = I love you to the infinite powerHappily reviewed for

  • Robin
    2019-05-12 01:03

    Reminds me a bit of A Hole is to Dig, with a twist. The definitions here are equations. Some are similar, starting from the same item, but adding something different has a different result (of course), such as "chalk + sitting = school" but "chalk + jumping = hopscotch." All children will probably find something to identify with. I know one of my children would love "anything + sprinkles = better." Some are contrasts, as in "small + bottle = baby" but "tall + coffee = grownup." My favorite is "soul + " several items -- add color = art, add words = literature, and so forth. A clever concept. Lots of white space, nice design. Appealing children (active, smiling, slightly abstract in style) (though not very diverse). Fun for preschoolers and kindergarteners; elementary children could probably be inspired to create their own equations.

  • Laura
    2019-05-01 06:20

    I really liked this fun and sweetly illustrated book. Amy Krouse Rosenthal has created math equations for life. chalk + sitting = schoolchalk + jumping = hopscotchThe combinations are fun and playful and a few address some of the larger truths in life too. good days + bad days = real lifeonce upon a time + happily ever after = pretendPerfect for children just learning to add, older elementary school students can also enjoy creating their own examples of life's little equations.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-01 02:19

    Amy Krouse Rosenthal + children = magic! This is another joyful book celebrating the good things in life: friendship, art, love, birthdays. Items are added up to equal that special feeling - for example: somersaults + somersaults +somersaults = dizzy! I like the positive ones best, rather than "blaming + eye rolling does not equal sincere apology." Sweet watercolor illustrations with plenty of white space are a great design match.

  • Susan
    2019-05-01 02:27

    I wish this book had been around about 5 years ago - I love the "messages" - "chores divided by everyone = family" - I think it's a great book for manner introduction and Golden Rule introduction and thinking "outside the box". I also would love to see a second book because I think this author has more to say here and maybe some things got left out of this book, due to length considerations...reminds me somewhat of 'A Hole Is To Dig'

  • Relyn
    2019-04-23 01:08

    I love, love, love this book! Classroom ConnectionsIn math we have to teach second graders the term equations. It can confuse them sometimes. I think this might be a great tie-in and a wonderful idea for a class book Each student can create their own page with their own equation. For me it might be husband + daughter + 2 dogs = happy home10/20/13I still love, love, love this book!

  • babyhippoface
    2019-05-03 03:29

    Cute and clever. Teachers looking for books to inspire "out of the box" thinking may appreciate this terrific little book that takes mathematical equations and applies them to real life:yes + no = maybechalk + sitting = schoolchalk + jumping = hopscotchsomersaults + somersaults + somersauls = dizzyblaming + eye rolling ≠ sincere apology"I'm sorry" + hug = sincere apology

  • Elisabeth
    2019-05-16 05:26

    I just like the way Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes. She and Jen Corace are wonderful collaborators too. The playful and lovely text is matched perfectly with the pictures.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-11 05:08

    Another charming book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I have read almost all of her books, especially her picture books, but somehow I had missed this one. As with all of her books, her joyful outlook on life shines through, along with the acknowledgment of the realities of a child's life: friendship, seasons, school and so much more. The illustrations are perfect companions for the equations throughout the book. As I read it, I was reduced to a puddle of tears......the author recently passed away and all I could think was "how can someone this full of life be gone, and so soon???????!!" Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal plus illustrator Jen Corace equals one perfect picture book.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-05-19 08:16

    Interesting combinations. Does use the does-not-equals sign, which may not be familiar to everyone.It would be fun to ask people to pick an equation that they disagreed with and explain why.(For me, maybe tall + coffee = adult.)Neat concept and the illustrations express it well.

  • Jessie
    2019-05-15 03:28

    I wouldn't really classify this as a math book. It uses plus in some distinct ways/meanings (red+blue = purple, but red+orange+yellow+green+blue+indigo+violet = rainbow). That said, it did use the not equals sign, which was cool!I don't agree with all the equations, but this was fun.

  • Shari
    2019-04-27 07:14

    Such a clever idea. Such a beautiful book.

  • Haley Hoenke
    2019-04-30 05:15


  • Kristine
    2019-05-20 06:26

    A true gem from Amy Krouse Rosenthal.Possible inspiration for students to write their own equations.Some of my favorite equations:anything + sprinkles = betterpractice + practice + practice = masteringgood days + bad days = real life

  • PaulHankins
    2019-05-12 07:09

    Sometimes life's little equations are simple and whimsical:1 + 1 = USAnd other times, life's little equations are progressive:practice + practice = learningpractice + practice + practice = masteringAmy Krouse Rosenthal who has delighted readers with titles this year like PLANT A KISS and CHOPSTICKS, and other Room 407 favorites like AL PHA'S BET and THE OK BOOK, gifts readers with something really special in LIFE'S LITTLE EQUATIONS. Younger readers and writers may enjoy breaking down favorite activities, their surroundings and favorite places, and significant relationships into these "equations." To see these "little equations" worked into a math lesson--perhaps even posted outside of a math classroom would be a Common Core States Standards plus in my book (especially when considering standards that ask for multiple texts presenting a similar idea or concept). For a new hashtag I've started at Twitter, #secondarypbs (Secondary Picture Books), I have started with THIS PLUS THAT: LIFE'S LITTLE EQUATIONS. For its discussion of the "tension of opposites," I picked up this picture book for Room 407 to use as a ladder with TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, particularly the equation "good days + bad days = real life." And Rosenthal does explore some opposites in regard to sincere apologies and politeness in the book which work well to bring a little light to Professor Swartz's concept of being pulled in opposite directions.But looking closer at the book, I see something that can be used in the research process as well.Classification is a skill that older reader and writers really need to break down a subject into a workable topic for the length of papers they might be asked to write. An introduction to Rosenthal's book might demonstrate how something complex (like a rainbow--or a relationship) can be broken down into its simple parts.For example, a student desiring to do a paper on a diagnosis might think of that diagnosis as Definition+ Signs + Symptoms + Early Treatments + Research Studies + Current Treatment.A student desiring to do a paper on a historical figure might think of that person as Brief Biographical Information + Significant Contributions To ____________ + Awards and Distinctions + Lasting Legacy.And while these two examples are pretty simple here, what this approach really does is invite the older reader and writer to be able to focus down into a subject by appreciating its parts.Like the recipe approach that is popular with multi-genre projects, I think a lot of students could benefit from this THIS PLUS THAT kind of approach to pre-writing.

  • katie
    2019-05-13 07:21

    This picturebook is for the Nursery/Primary age groups. Each page shows an equation of words and concepts that illustrate simple and complex truths about life as it applies to a child's experience. Some are very basic, like "red + blue = purple" and "yes + no = maybe," and some are more abstract like "laughter + keeping secrets + sharing = best friend" and "soul + movement = dance" and "once upon a time + happily ever after = pretend." The book covers so many topics, like colors and seasons and manners, but also certain values like being persistent and caring for others. It has a positive but slightly edgy vibe, and the simple concept of making life situations into math equations is in itself both fresh and insightful, as well as a useful extension of kids' new mathematical skills. I love the combination of abstract ideas made into basic concrete images, like "barefoot + screen door + popsicles = summer." The concept is a delight. The illustrations are clean, colorful, and sweet, the children portrayed as spunky and lively. The book is full of personality and charm, which would appeal to kids and adults alike. Little ones, especially, would respond well to this book, because the words are minimal, but the ideas are so relatable and still very complex. I and my three-year-old were equally charmed by this picturebook. A slightly older, elementary-school-aged crowd could take this book one step further and write their own equations about life, perhaps an equation for days of the week or their teacher or themselves, like a mathematical self-portrait. What a wonderful crossover this book is between language arts and mathematics!

  • Malinda
    2019-04-28 07:02

    I have always been a fan of math and when I think of equations...I think of math. But now I think of equations in writing as well after reading This Plus That Life's Little Equations By Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I love how this book is written and laid out from Front Cover to Back Cover. The illustrations are simple, yet get the point across. The writing is easy to read and understand. I believe younger elementary students would be able to read this book easily and understand it as well. I think great lessons could come from this for Kindergarteners or older grades. You could teach them that equations are not only in math, but in writing as well. You could have them come up with their own after using this book as a mentor text. This is a great book to recommend to others, because it has so many educational uses for it.

  • Danielle Harriger
    2019-05-09 03:02

    Math PB 21: I enjoyed this book because it was a fun natured way for children to get familiar with the idea of addition without learning actual mathematical equations. For example, the book used humor while suggesting math ideas by including “anything + sprinkles = better.” I loved the social cues that the book introduced by coming up with equations about appropriate and inappropriate ways to apologize or be polite. Thus, I would recommend this book because it allows children to learn in a fun, delightful way. Although I appreciated most of the book, there were some equations that had little relevance such as “smile + ocean wave = beach.” However, I did enjoy this story overall and I think children would have a fun time reading it!

  • Amanda Scroggs
    2019-05-04 07:29

    LOVE LOVE LOVEThis book was recommended at a conference I attended. I read it and it made me smile and miss my family. It is smart and funny and sentimental. I use this book in my classroom to begin the year by sharing my own life equations - it took a lot of time, thought, and enjoyable afternoon. I then challenge my students to create 5 of their own Life Equations using more than just a plus or minus...gettting really creative and using higher order thinking. Students went home and continued to work on these. They shared them with the class the next day and we all enjoyed not only getting to know about one another, but seeing how complex these equations could be. It was a blast!

  • Christy
    2019-04-26 03:27

    I love finding books that are unique and fun! This one is definitely creative and I am happy to see that it really encourages thinking skills. Instead of numbers and math, it puts together words and math, linking together to form a real life equation. For example; chalk + jumping = hopscotch or (snow + carrot) + rosy cheeks = winter. Of course, my favorite was book + chair = cozy. It is a wonderful concept that takes everyday math equations children learn but fits them with various words and picturing images in the mind. The illustrations go perfect with the word combinations as well. This book would work well in a classroom setting enticing kids to really put on the thinking caps and come up with a lot more on their own.

  • Stan
    2019-05-19 06:10

    "this plus that" is a splendid look at, as the subtitle says, "Lifes's Little Equations." Such a wonderful, different, and real perspective of math. I loved this book's ideas and its illustrations.Math teachers are always being asked, "When will I ever use this?" Although most of the equations here are simple and it is easy to see their meanings, this book points to a higher creative sphere; it is a stepping stone. How can mathematics be used to explain our world, our universe? When you contemplate that, you are in the company of geniuses. This book is fun for four to eight-year olds, but it throws down the gauntlet of creativity and inspiration to thinkers of all ages.

  • Mia Balsamo
    2019-05-23 00:21

    PB42: "Anything + Sprinkles = Better". These types of equations are what fill the pages of this book. I think Amy did a great job creating this book and showing that math equations can be found in many unlikely places. It is a great way to introduce addition and simple mathematics to children in a fun and interesting way. It is an easy way for children to make real life connections between math and parts of their world. The equations are very clever and could act as a great activity with children to create their own equations for different aspects of their lives. I would recommend this picturebook!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-25 04:05

    Amy Krause Rosenthal created another brilliant, touching, funny book. No surprise!What I like best about this book is that SOMETHING in it resonates deeply with each reader. It's been fascinating to share this book with my office-mates and hear them explain which page is their favorite.It would be a great activity to get your students or children to read this book then create their own equations based on their life experiences.This book is very similar to the "Cookies" series Rosenthal created a few years ago.

  • Drew Graham
    2019-05-15 01:14

    Life is full of pluses and minuses, and sometimes they equal things, even if these things are sort of a stretch.I feel a bit strange giving lukewarm reviews to two AKR books in a row, but this one didn't really do that much for me either. It has some fun illustrations by her sometimes collaborator Jen Corace, but some of the equations don't really make sense (not that they're actual math, but you know what I mean). It's like it was trying to be clever and not quite getting there. But The Boy (3) likes it fine and it does have some appeal to the style and concept.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-23 05:12

    I do love this book, I am doing four instead of five stars because it's just a *little* disjointed, in topic and in tone, but it's hard to really fault that since I love it all: the light-hearted humorous stuff as well as the powerful life lessons stuff. Of course I am imagining how to make this into a library program or literacy activity, and wondering what ages of children could "get" it and create their own equations. Great illustrations, spare enough to leave room for all the thinking and talking that can go along with the text.

  • Julie scully
    2019-05-17 03:15

    I loved this book! As a former elementary math teacher this touched me in so many ways. What a fun way to look at life : ) and to ask children to see things from maybe a little different point of view. I loved the yes + no = maybe, and tall + coffee = adult! Not so enamored with sitting + bored = school : ( School shouldn't be like that. I think this would be a great read aloud for most any age especially as an ice breaker at the beginning of the year or maybe an assessment at any time to get a feel for kids' response to just about anything. Very cool book!

  • Mattathias
    2019-05-07 00:15

    This one fell flat for me. I love the basic concept of equations not only of numbers but of colors, emotions, and behavior. But it seems that Rosenthal is not entirely sure of her message, wobbling between moments of open-eyed wonder and staid moralizing (such as a page that distinguishes the equation for a real apology from its counterfeit, the excuse). Choosing either direction and sticking to it would have made a better book, but wavering between them makes the book both preachy and sappy rather than whimsical and fun.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-22 04:28

    I love how Rosenthal takes academic subjects and applies them to life! This is a very fun "math" book in which different scenarios from life are described in simple mathematic equations:anything + sprinkles = betterchores/everyone = familyQuirky, colorful little illustrations nicely enrich the text. A nice addition to math class (yes, you can read books in math class!) or fun read aloud anywhere, especially for children in those early years of elementary school who are learning these simple equations with numbers in their math classes.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-25 07:14

    This is a fun book that really takes math to a new level. The concept of addition and subtraction with everyday situations is very creative and entertaining. I love the relationships that are defined, the manners (or lack thereof) depicted and the creativity that blossoms when the right pieces are put together. The narrative is formatted into simple equations and the illustrations are expressive and complement each formula nicely. The prominent white background is a nice touch, too. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  • Laura G
    2019-05-06 05:17

    I love this book as a prompt for children to create their own poetry. Let them write: computer + ______ = school; computer + _______ = home. Or what + what = school? What + what + what = best friend? What + what = birthday? What = grown-up? What = baby? Instead of polite, what = kind? What doesn't = kind (or curious or honest or brave or...)? What = fall, winter, spring, summer for them? What = family? So, so many possibilities! Makes me want to write some myself!