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Zero the Hero

by Joan Holub
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Published by Henry Holt, 2012
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪050-93841

Ages 710

Zero has dreams of being a hero and is looking for a chance to prove himself. But none of the other numbers want anything to do with him梙e抯 nothing after all. Add or subtract by zero and it抯 as if he抯 not even there. Then the numbers discover that if they multiply themselves by zero, they disappear. 揊earing extinction, the others ran from him. Who could blame them? Zero slinks off in shame, his dreams of being a hero dashed. Then the counting numbers are conquered by Roman numerals. Luckily, Zero hears their cries for help. All it takes is a brief demonstration of the power of zero as multiplier for the Roman numerals to run away in fear. 揧ou were ONEderful! 揌igh 5! 3 cheers! 4 he抯 a jolly good fellow! Joan Holub抯 text and Tom Lichtenheld抯 illustrations pair seamlessly in a hilarious picture book with countless puns and abundant mathematical humor.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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