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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Goo and Spot are standing underneath an orange tree, when down tumbles an orange. Goo is thrilled and starts peeling the orange. Spot begs for a share and Goo decides to divide his orange equally. But then others want their share and soon the orange has been divided into many different equal portions and there's not enough to go around. That's when logical thinking comes to play and it's suggested that Goo take more oranges off the orange tree and then everyone can enjoy their fair share.
Elsa Takaoka has presented a beautifully illustrated children's book, Goo and Spot Under the Orange Tree (Goo and Spot Books, Book 3). Using simple language and directional words, like "Down, down, down" listed in a downward pattern, the young reader follows along the basic story as Goo learns about the orange, the gift of sharing, and the idea of fractions - each time someone else wants their fair share of the orange, Goo must learn to once again divide the orange evenly.
This is a concept book, but there are several concepts presented and told in a picturesque, storytelling format. The story, albeit basic in its construction, has a viable plot as Goo learns about sharing and fractions. These are valuable lessons for young readers and the colorful illustrations help project each newly presented concept. This concept book also teaches young readers about sharing, fractions, and logical thinking. Beautifully illustrated. Something to be enjoyed by both parent and child or teacher and child. Very well done!