Book Review: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures

Rating: ★★★★☆

Jerry Pallotta is perhaps best known for his prolific alphabet books, and he has also written a number of books introducing elementary math concepts.  In this one, standard weight, size and volume measures are illustrated using Hershey’s candy pieces as examples.  The book includes a bit of humor (“This pile is a ton of Twizzlers cherry flavored Nibs — do not eat them all at once”), and Rob Bolster’s images of candies are realistic enough to provoke the reader’s appetite.

This isn’t a storybook, and it may not be a hit as a read-aloud more than once.  However, as a math lesson it can’t be beat, especially if the teacher is able to have a little chocolate on hand to cement the experience in memory.  Of course, children with sugar sensitivity or those who struggle with appetite control may not benefit from this book as much as others.

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Publication Information: Pallotta, Jerry. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures. Bolster, Rob (Illustrator). Scholastic. 2002. ISBN: 0439388775.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on October 2, 2011


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