# Storybook Guide Based on Reif Larsen’s “Uma Wimple Charts Her House”

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## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “Uma Wimple Charts Her House.”
Many public libraries have this book. This book is a Mathical Award winner.

Uma Wimple loves to make charts: pictures, lists, diagrams, and graphs. She made her first chart—of her family’s fingers—at age 4. She thinks “a good chart should make you see the world in a new way.” One day, her homework assignment is to make a chart of her home. She thinks, “What makes a house housey?” With great persistence, she learns that a house is not just lines and angles but … Read this beautifully illustrated and funny (not pedantic) book to learn the lovely answer.

#### Words to Learn

Pie Chart, Bar Chart, Venn Diagram, Pyramid Chart, Tree Chart, Survey

The math in this book involves different kinds of charts:

• A Pie Chart shows how a whole is divided into parts (number of pie slices for family members)
• A Bar Chart shows the frequencies of different things or events (number of screen hours for family members)
• A Venn Diagram shows what groups do and do not have in common (some children like cats, some like dogs, and some like both)
• A Pyramid Chart shows how things are arranged from most important (or largest) to least important (or smallest)
• A Map shows the location of objects
• A Tree Chart shows where things come from (like family ancestry)
• TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT CHARTS
• For the Who holds hands? Bar Chart, ask: “In this book, how many times did grownups hold hands with kids? A lot? A little? (4) How many times did kids hold hands with kids? (3) How many times did grownups hold hands with grownups? (1) And the dog? (It doesn’t belong: It never holds hands!)”
• For the Pegasus/Unicorn Venn Diagram, ask, “What does the diagram show? (Horses with wings, horses with horns, and horses with both wings and a horn.) What pictures are missing? (Horses with wings only and horses with horns only.)”

Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!