Saturday, November 7, 2015

Want a Fabulous Living Book about Fibonacci Numbers? {A Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere Review}

We enjoy living books and like to weave literature and math together, so when we were given the opportunity to review one of four Ann McCallum Books, we easily decided which one we'd love to check out.

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Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale was an excellent choice for us.

Before I ever had a chance to read Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale, my oldest absconded with it.  I'd left it out on our kitchen table to remind myself to preview it before reading it to our children.  He'd seen it there. picked it up, and trotted off to his bedroom to read it.  Since he knew it was for a review, he later came back to me with it and said, ."I liked every single thing about it."

When I asked him to expound a bit on what he'd read and to summarize the book for me, he dictated:
There was this town of Chee and people always brought food to the wizard.  Then, the Pied Piper said, "How about we not bring food to the wizard.  We'll tell him we don't have any."  So, the wizard got hungry and mad.  He said, "They will pay for their fib."

Everyone in the village but this girl called Amanda kept sleeping.  Amanda was a little scared.  She found two bunnies the next day in her garden called Fibb and Knot.  In two more days, Fibb and Knot had babies of their own.  Then, the babies grew up and Fibb and Knot had more babies.  Soon, there were rabbits all over the town. 

The mayor was allergic to rabbits, so the townspeople tried to think of ways to get rid of the rabbits.  One person suggested, "How about we eat them?"  Another person said, "No, they are enchanted animals."  The Pied Piper talked over Amanda and said, "I say, I got the rats out of Hamilton..."  So, everyone suggested he try to get the bunnies out of Chee...

I don't want to tell the whole ending, but I will say that the Pied Piper tried to get the bunnies away, but it didn't work.  Amanda, then, found a pattern and saved the day.

After reading this 32-page, soft-covered book written by Anne McCallum and illustrated by Gideon Kendall to myself, I discovered that my son's summary was quite accurate.

Later, I read
Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale to all of my children after breakfast.  We paused to puzzle over the pattern contained in it, enjoyed its expressive illustrations, discussed the virtue and vice demonstrated by different characters, reviewed what happened on each of the days of the week named in the book, and read and discussed the endnotes about how the story relates to the real Fibonacci and his discoveries.

Then, when prepping for this review, I asked my younger two for their thoughts about the book. My eight-year-old said:

It was good.  I liked how the Pied Piper did not save the day and how they said that they'd seen 'neither hide nor hare' of the Pied Piper, but had a funny illustration at the end...  It was cute how 'Fibb' and 'Knot' in 'Chee' became 'Fibonacci'.

My youngest, at five, said:
I like that there's a pattern, that the wizard gave the girl a flute, and that the illustrator used good faces and hands, like when the wizard was angry and went like this:

Obviously, then, all of my children and I enjoyed Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale. In fact, the book has had a rather long-term stay on the "T" shelf of our SKILL TIME + shelves (a place where we put resources which help us "Think, read, and write about math."  The children pull the book from that shelf to browse, read, and refer to as they wish.

Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale be right for you, too?
I would recommend
Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale to:
  • those who like fairytales
  • folks in math clubs
  • teachers looking for engaging math-based literature
  • families that enjoy living books
  • parents and educators seeking curriculum-connected literature.  (There are even ready-made lesson plans at Ann McCallum Books.) 
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