Small World: Overview and Description
This story is about a girl named Nanda and her growth and inspiration within her ever-expanding world as she gets older. From the arms of her mother to a neighborhood playground, from a forest to a city street, her world continues to expand. She takes to the air in gliders and planes and then into space as an astronaut and explorer, her world expanding to encompass Earth and beyond. It’s worth noting that the name Nanda means “joy,” and this story is inspired by five women involved in space research and exploration.
Math Practice (Asking Questions)
Nanda wonders! She wonders as she climbs trees holding binoculars, builds with blocks, and looks into her microscope. She sketches and wonders as she builds a human-powered helicopter. She wonders as she soars into the sky in an airplane and into space in a rocket ship. Nanda is an inspiration for exploring your world! As we enjoy this story with children, we can wonder about the kinds of questions they have and the kinds of questions Nanda may have had in her adventures. We can support young mathematicians to know that asking questions is the way they experience and come to know their world!
Even though this book is not an overtly mathematical story, there are many opportunities to discuss and learn mathematical content. Children may notice intriguing shapes in Nanda’s world — spherical bubbles, triangular jungle gym, rectangular blocks. They may notice angles of constellation drawings and on the ferris wheel structure. They may notice the steep slope of the roller coaster. They may wonder about the inertia to lift a rocket into space! The colorful detailed illustrations offer out-of-this-world opportunities to count.
Read Alouds: Let’s Read Together
Try one (or all) of the three read alouds provided below.