Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Brian Gable
Millbrook Press / Lerner
  kindergarten to grade 3
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book, interactive book, and Audisee® eBook with Audio
Measurement Worksheet
Ruler Bookmark
How Long or How Wide?
A Measuring Guide

Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length.

A rhyming text filled with funny examples explains how to use and compare metric and U.S. customary units of length.

Readers are also introduced to the tools they need to measure length—rulers, metersticks, and more.


“This third in the Math Is CATegorical™ series measures up quite nicely … Rulers in paws, Gable’s large-nosed cast of brightly colored quirky cats, mice and fleas measures objects large and small. His cartoons are entertaining and sure to gain children’s attention … Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Children love to size up the world around them. Although they are quick to figure out that a favorite toy ends at 10 on a ruler, they need guidance in learning what makes an inch, a foot, or a yard and how these units from our customary system compare to the metric system. This annotated bibliography offers not only books that introduce the concept of measurement and the need for standard measurements but also books about such innovative measurers as Eratosthenes, who measure the circumference of the Earth in the third century BCE, and Fannie Farmer, who invented modern recipes with exact measurements, as well as books that simply make measuring fun. A special sidebar, “Size Matters,” features books that allow children to observe size comparisons and realize the importance of measurement, from the smaller particles to the biggest dinosaurs.” (Book Links)

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