I love it for it's problem solving possibilities. Since it also starts on New Year's Day, it's timely...
Summary: When a box containing a penguin arrives anonymously on New Year's Day, a family of four is puzzled, but as they continue to receive one penguin each day their problems--and food budget, and storage issues--are multiplied.
While I do not think problem solving should be exploited every time you see a number in a book (an inherent danger with linking lit and math) the scenarios in this book are too good to pass up. Here are just a few of the possibilities. Quotes are from the book. The ensuing problems are mine.
- “At the end of January, there were thirty-one penguins in the house.”
- The family organizes the penguins in triangular stacks to discover that “Four times fifteen equals sixty!”
- On the following page, yet another penguin arrives, making it sixty “Plus one!"
- The penguins must be fed. "Each penguin ate 2.5 pounds of fish per day. A pound costs 3 dollars..."
- Penguins must be organized. Again! The family makes space for 12 boxes of 12 penguins.
- Penguins are organized into a cube of 6 x 6 x 6 penguins for storage.
Problem Solve: Now how many penguins?
On December 31st, the 365 guests gather. Uncle Victor arrives to take them away. Life begins to return to normal. Until the doorbell rings with ANOTHER DELIVERY! (I'll let you read the book to find out what happens! It's funny.)
This would make a great living book for math workboxes! It's also going to solve one of my Christmas problems...what to give my 8yo? Shhhhh...he's getting one for Christmas. ;)
*Also consider the 24 Penguins Before Christmas: A 365 Penguins Advent Calendar.