Oct 8, 2017

A Trifecta of Fun: Fairytales, Fractions, and TWINS!

As noted in the previous post, I'm excited and honored to be participating as a ROUND ONE panelist for the CYBILS Awards again. This year I'm reading in the POETRY category. If you haven't yet checked out the current nominees for all categories, get over to those lists and make sure your favorites are represented (HERE). The deadline for open nominations is just a week away, October 15. 
Meanwhile, I've been updating availability lists for books already nominated, placing holds at the library, and even hauling home some of the amazing poetry books from 2017. This is gong to be a tough decision, I can tell!

For the coming weeks, though, while reading, rereading, and evaluating the ultimate list of poetry nominees, I want to shine a spotlight on picture books that may show up in other categories. 
One worthy read is TWINDERELLA: A Fractioned Fairy Tale, written  by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Deborah Marcero. It's  a winner on several counts. 
The premise is that Cinderella actually had a twin, Tinderella. Cin and Tin suffered the same mistreatment as in the original story, but they shared the tasks equally, halvsies, and offered each other the comfort of sisterly love and a many-hands approach to drudge work.
With numerous examples illustrated simply and embedded in rhymed text, the two personalities emerge as highly compatible but distinctly different. Cin has the more traditional romantic bent to her interests but Tin is an analytic and mathematical problem solver. It seems that may account for her having been overlooked in prior tellings of the tale. 
Each page contains more examples of fraction-able examples that you can imagine, and attentive kids will find many more than are mentioned explicitly. Typical "half" exercises are pictured as slices or symmetrical folds, but these are halves of sets of various items. As their families expand the opportunity to consider related fraction families is an open-ended challenge. The end papers and a bonus removable fraction chart in a casing pocket make this book especially suited to kids who jump on board the fraction frenzy enthusiastically. 
Schwartz has written other versions of various traditional tales. This one, released in September, will find fans among readers, parents, and teachers. The likable pair add an engaging twist to a familiar story, and the fraction challenges add to its "read-it-again" appeal.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Love the connection between a beloved fairy tale and math!

    1. HI, Annette, I couldn't agree more, especially as the space for traditional tales is squeezed out of ever-more scripted curricula. Picture books can provide so many layers for use, and ones like this is can gain young fans who return again and again, to this books and others in the fairy tale category.


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