Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Here’s an oldie but a goodie: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins has been in print since 1986! Does that make it a classic? In this simple story about sharing (and math), Mom has baked a dozen cookies. Mmmm! They smell as good as Grandma’s cookies! Sam and Victoria are about to share them, six cookies each, when the doorbell rings. Two neighborhood friends have arrived! If they all share the cookies, there will be 3 cookies each. Just as everyone is about to take a bite, the doorbell rings again… Over and over, the doorbell rings and more friends arrive. The children redistribute the cookies into ever-smaller shares until finally there is just one cookie per person… And that’s when the doorbell rings one more time. Who can it be now?! And how will they ever make the cookies stretch for any more visitors? My favorite part of this story is the way that Sam and Victoria are so willing to share their cookies with everyone who arrives, even when the shares dwindle almost to nothing. When I read it at story time, the kids’ favorite part is shouting “Ding-Dong!” every time the bell rings! (The sound effect isn’t written in the book, but hey, that’s what a doorbell sounds like, right?) Read The Doorbell Rang with your little ones today, and then go share some cookies! See this book listed in our catalog