Cake Lit: Lion’s Share by Matthew McElligott

Okay, so we all know I love cake and kids books. So what we have here is a children’s book about cake. It is a fairly new book 2009, by author and illustrator  Matthew McElligott, Lion’s Share: A tale of halving cake and eating it, too.

In this unusual “cake” tale – a lion has invited the ant and various others to join his special dinner. This seems such a nice gesture until ant realizes what pigs the other guests make of themselves – right down to the cake. See the cake is first presented to elephant who gladly takes half of the cake and passes it down well hippo take half of that and this cake halving continues until ant hasn’t anything but crumbs and nothing left for lion and herself.

She offers to bake another cake for lion tomorrow. Well each guest decides they are going to top that; beetle claims he will make two cakes, frog four and the doubling coninues…until elephant has to make “two-hundred and fifty six” cakes. Well as you might guess as everyone is slaving away the next day – lion and ant are enjoying a strawberry sponge cake.

What I like about this book is its funny twists, its learning experience and it is about cake. This would be a great tool to use for fractions, counting and multiplication. This is a great math learning book, similar to Greg Tang’s math riddle books.

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