# Storybook Guide Based on Asia Citro’s “Pigeon Math”

## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “Pigeon Math” Many public libraries have this book.
This book is a Mathical Award winner.

This hilarious story begins with 10 pigeons on a line. When the page is turned, we see that some are flying upward. The author exclaims that because some pigeons are gone, she needs to begin the story all over again with the correct number of pigeons on the line. But once that is done, some of the pigeons leave (subtraction) and some return (addition), so the number on the line is constantly changing. And what will happen when a cat appears?

#### Words to Learn

MATH WORDS
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, minus, plus, circle, square

OTHER WORDS
resourceful, clever

As the pigeons leave and return to the line, children can learn:

• A simple form of addition: Count the number of pigeons on the line and the number returning to get the total.
• A simple form of subtraction: After some pigeons have left, count the number remaining on the line to get the total.
• To read the written number words from one to ten.
• To read the written numerals from 1 to 10.
• To read simple number sentences like 10 – 6 = ?

Because the story often shows what is happening but does not describe or explain it, you may need to help your child understand what is going on.