Author: Corey Rosen Schwartz
Illustrator: Deborah Marcero
Publisher: New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017
Genre: Picture book, fiction, fractured fairy tale
Audience Age: 3 to 8
Themes/topics: Twins, a new take on the old fairy tale of Cinderella, fractions, numbers, math
Opening Sentences: Most of you have heard the story of Cinderella. But you don’t know the half of it!
Synopsis: Why weren’t fractions this much fun when I was going to school? This book is so good. THIS is what rhyming text should be like. No temptation to read it in a sing-song manner with its clever rhymes and easy rhythm. The rhyme and rhythm enhance, but don’t overpower, the solid and delightful story. Corey is so clever! It’s about Cinderella and her little-known twin, Tinderella. They both go to the ball, but of course, there’s only one prince, and although they share the dancing – each doing “Half the zipping, skipping, whirling, Half the twisting, half the twirling” – they can’t share the prince forever. They need to come up with a solution that will make them both happy.
Activities/Resources: The cover reveal, featuring a video and interview with Corey and Deborah is at All the Wonders.
Find more information and links about Twinderella and her creators at TeachingBooks.net.
Here are stacks of fractions activities on Pinterest.
Find a hands-on way to learn fractions at the MashUp Math vlog.
Here are 31 ideas for teaching fractions in the classroom from the TeachStarter blog – but I bet they’d work at home, too.
And MUSICAL fractions! On YouTube.
Availability: Readily available. Check your local independent bookstore, or your library.