Friday, October 29, 2021

"Again, Essie?" - a bookwrap



Again, Essie?

Illustrated by TERESA MARTÍNEZ

Part of Storytelling Math

What is Storytelling Math? 

Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.


* Ages:  3-6

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Paperback/Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Charlesbridge

* Pub. Date:  May 03, 2022

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for you


The Book

Rafael is a sweet Latino boy who loves his toys and playtime.  His baby sister Essie always seems to be destroying and disrupting those peaceful times and he's had enough.  While Essie is taking her nap Rafael gathers objects from around the house and constructs a wall in his bedroom to play behind sans Essie. He works hard at measuring and configuring shapes and sizes to make the wall secure.  Will his ingenious plan work?  Has he calculated a barrier that is wide, tall and strong enough to keep the little intruder at bay?   

Rafael finally discovers that his rambunctious little sister doesn't really want to wreck his toys and playtime but her motives are much more endearing.  

This book introduces mathematical principals and I love the Spanish words that the author has embedded throughout the story.  He has included a glossary at the end of the Spanish vocabulary used.  The relatable illustrations are very well done with lots of emotions and action.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating:  5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Jenny Lacika grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she learned to work together with an older brother and a younger brother. She graduated from MIT after she discovered how math could break down walls and open doors, and she never stopped loving books. She now lives in her hometown with her husband and two kids. This is her first book.

About the Illustrator

When Teresa MartΓ­nez was a child, her family moved from a small town to the city. Drawing helped shy Teresa connect with the other kids at school. Now she connects with children across Mexico and around the world through the books she illustrates.

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