Zero the Hero by Joan Holub
This story is fabulous for a few reasons. Anyone with a kid who is fascinated by numbers will get a kick out of this little hero's tale. The story attempts to drive home the value of numbers and how zero is different. It is a tricky concept for young learners, so could really be used with children in kindergarten up to grade 2 or even higher. Zero feels useless in the beginning since he doesn't change values when added, subtracted or divided. When the other numbers get captured by the Roman numerals (another fun lesson waiting to happen) zero becomes a hero when he reveals his power to eliminate others when multiplying. This is a really cute story that involves a lot of maths concepts you could pick apart for at least a few weeks.
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