How Big Is A Foot?

One Math picture book

Bibliographic Information: Myller, Rolf. How Big Is A Foot? New York: Yearling, 1962.

Plot Description:
A King and Queen were happy. The Queen’s birthday was approaching, so the King decided he would give her a bed. He asked the Prime Minister, sho asked the Chief Carpenter, who told his apprentice to make a bed. But they all passed a question back up: How big is a bed? The King asked the Queen to lay down, and he walked, barefoot, around her, determining that the bed should be three feet wide and six feet long. This measurement was passed back down to the small apprentice, who measured using his own feet. The bed was not big enough for the Queen, and the apprentice was thrown in jail. He thought and realized that the King’s feet were bigger than his; if he knew the size of the King’s foot, he could make a bed for the Queen. The King had a stone copy of one foot made. The apprentice made a new bed, and it fit the Queen perfectly. Thereafter, anyone who wanted to measure anything used a copy of the King’s foot.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 660; Accelerated Reader: 4.0

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
The language was very simple and very repetitive. The word “apprentice” is the most complicated word in this story. Sometimes an entire page was one sentence, but kids will easily fall into the rhythm of “…told the Prime Minister, who told the Chief Carpenter, who…”

Content Area: Math-Measurement

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Reading for K-5: #1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.; #7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot; #10 Read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, at appropriate grade level.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a cute picture book to use as a way to teach measurement. It is best suited to 3rd grade and below. It can help kids learn both how measurements are set, and relative measuring.


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