Big Numbers: And Pictures that Show Just how Big They Are!

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Millbrook Press, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A very lively but informative treatment of the concept of big numbers, expressed in quantities of peas. The book begins with a single pea on a plate and progresses from 1 to 10 to 100 to 1000 all the way to a quadrillion (which form a small mountain that covers the town in which the original lone pea sat on a plate). Children will love the visual playfulness of the ever-growing quantity of peas and the sidecomments they generate. The final page shares the authors' various calculations with the reader.

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Salvatore "Sal" Murdocca was born on April 26, 1943. He attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City majoring in illustration. After graduating in 1960, he spent another year studying at the Art Students League while apprenticing in a commercial art studio. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, he had a successful nine-year career as an advertising and magazine illustrator. Since 1970, he has written ten books and illustrated hundreds of others. He is best known as the illustrator of the Magic Tree House series written by Mary Pope Osborne.

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