This book is the perfect anecdote to math’s unwarranted reputation as not easy and not exciting, by showing you how math can be both.
Using cartoons, pop-up parts, bright colors, and fun examples, the creators of this book make concepts from the golden triangle to tessellation to data collection interesting and easy to understand. Take fibonacci numbers: what kid could resist checking out flower petals or snail shells to learn about them?
Readers will be thrilled to share with other kids how you can understand Pascal’s triangle using “hockey sticks” or the story of how the inventor of chess outsmarted the king who offered him a gift for his invention. You can learn how to win at game shows and a clever way to square numbers. Fractions are much more fun when you see how to figure out how much pizza or cake you might want. And use the movable wrecking ball to figure out which numbers can be divided and which are prime!
Evaluation: Mesmerizing Math provides a fabulous way to make math fun and interesting. The pages are packed with fascinating facts and fun activities. Jonathan Litton is a math teacher and Thomas Flintham illustrates other non-fiction works for children using the same pop-up techniques.
Recommended for ages 7-10.
Published by Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013
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