Fractured by Fractions

FRACTURED BY FRACTIONS

Ruth was puzzled; Ruth was perplexed.
Ruth was worried; Ruth was just vexed.

Today was Monday: tomorrow was near.
At 9am on Tuesday came Ruth’s dreaded fear.

Ruth’s problem was numbers; fractions to be exact.
Demon denominators and numerators in fact.

Miss Allard had explained it; she had cut up pizza pies.
Miss Allard had tried so hard; but all Ruth could do was cry.

“See, 1 over 5 is one fifth,” Miss Allard wrote.
“Then 1 over 6 is one sixth,” Miss Allard spoke.

“So 1 over 7 is one seventh,” Miss Allard said.
“And 1 over 8 is one eighth.” Numbers buzzed in Ruth’s head.

“I don’t understand it. I can’t see what you mean.
Please show me one more time,” Ruth begged her friend Jean.

Jean said “1 over 2 is one half,” to Ruth in Duluth.
Ruth smiled and said ” But wouldn’t 1 over 2 be one tooth?”

Eowana JordanWritten by Eowana Jordan.
Illustrated by Ann Troe.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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10 Responses to “Fractured by Fractions”

  1. Ann Troe Says:

    Hi Eowana!
    So glad we could team up! ~Ann

  2. Marilyn Walz Says:

    Love the poem and your illistration, Ann! Way to go, love bein on your list. Marilyn W.

  3. Eo Says:

    Wow! That's all I can say!

  4. becky Says:

    IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN'T DO, ANNIE? REALLY CUTE ILLUSTRATION AND CUTE POEM, TOO. BECKY

  5. Ann Troe Says:

    Becky & Marilyn – THANKS for voting! ~Annie

  6. Mary Ruth Barnes Says:

    Love the poem, EO and love you and your fabulous talent!

  7. Wendy Wright Says:

    Really nice Ann as always. Love your texture in the background. 🙂

  8. Wendy Wright Says:

    Nice as always Ann. Really love the texture in the background. 🙂

  9. Judy Says:

    Loved the poem and the illustrations. Keep up the good work. Judy

  10. Judy Says:

    Got all in my house/family to vote. Loved your poem, EO

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