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Mathematics
#### 347 Reviews

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Edward Miller.
After introducing the special quadrilateral known as a square, Adler and Miller's latest collaboration veers off on a surprising and completely worthwhile tangent to explore, in depth, how a quadrilateral's angles always add up to 360 degrees. The usual suspects--rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, trapezoids, kites--are then defined. Engaging activities and easy-to-understand illustrations make this a solid follow-up to *Circles* and *Triangles*. Glos.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Todd Stewart.
This lyrical introduction to patterns found in nature eschews formal definitions (the term *fractals*, for example, is never used). Instead, Barss's focus is on encouraging children to explore and ask their own questions about branching river systems, spinning planets, and spiraling seashells. Eye-catching patterns abound in Stewart's texture-rich illustrations, rendered with silkscreen printing and digital media. Reading list.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Annemarie (from Brunetti's *Wordplay*) and her classmates are assigned to draw twelve things in sets; she and the others brainstorm with their parents how best to complete the assignment. A simple easy-reader text (leveled for "brand-new readers") and brightly colored comic-panel illustrations will help young children grasp this introduction to patterns and basic multiplication. Appended with tips for reading comics with kids.

Reviewer: Jessica Costello

(3)
K-3
Master Math series.
Illustrated by
Jo Samways.
Clear and colorful, these introductory math books feature hands-on and picture-based activities using the Singapore math approach, in which children progress from concrete to pictorial to abstract understanding of concepts. The content is engaging and pedagogically progressive; many important activities (especially those requiring manipulatives) are described in "Parent and Teacher Guidance" sections, making the series best suited for classroom or homeschool use. Review covers these Master Math titles: *Get in Shape*, *Get to Know Numbers*, *Measure Up*, and *Super Calculations*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Master Math series.
Illustrated by
Jo Samways.
Clear and colorful, these introductory math books feature hands-on and picture-based activities using the Singapore math approach, in which children progress from concrete to pictorial to abstract understanding of concepts. The content is engaging and pedagogically progressive; many important activities (especially those requiring manipulatives) are described in "Parent and Teacher Guidance" sections, making the series best suited for classroom or homeschool use. Review covers these Master Math titles: *Get in Shape*, *Get to Know Numbers*, *Measure Up*, and *Super Calculations*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Master Math series.
Illustrated by
Jo Samways.
Clear and colorful, these introductory math books feature hands-on and picture-based activities using the Singapore math approach, in which children progress from concrete to pictorial to abstract understanding of concepts. The content is engaging and pedagogically progressive; many important activities (especially those requiring manipulatives) are described in "Parent and Teacher Guidance" sections, making the series best suited for classroom or homeschool use. Review covers these Master Math titles: *Get in Shape*, *Get to Know Numbers*, *Measure Up*, and *Super Calculations*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Maranda Maberry.
McKellar keeps the tone light without sacrificing any content as she teaches--and demystifies--"new math" strategies for adding and subtracting with one-, two-, and three-digit numbers. She explains the concepts clearly and puts her own spin on everything from ten frames, number bonds, and part-part-whole boxes to regrouping, ungrouping, and mental math tips. Amusing cartoon illustrations feature McKellar bantering with mathphobic Mr. Mouse. Glos., ind.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Edward Miller.
In Adler and Miller's latest math-tastic collaboration, they discuss the concepts of estimating and rounding and the subtle-seeming difference between them. The book is a bit wordy, but readers will stick with the invitingly tidy illustrations showing smiley kids and dinos navigating situations in which estimating and/or rounding save the day--how else to determine how much pizza to order?

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Edward Miller.
Adler and Miller return with another breezy math lesson, this one centered on assessing the value of U.S. coins and bills ("Counting money is money addition"). Cheerfully co-teaching the lesson are digitally rendered Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Kennedy, Franklin, and, in a wheelchair, FDR ("My portrait is on the dime"). The book includes addition and subtraction challenges, with answers at book's end.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(3)
K-3
To plan the "Blowout Bug Jamboree," an ant is used as the unit to measure other insects. A simple text makes size comparisons while charts visualize them; later, data is presented with a bar graph and a pie chart. A final gatefold shows all the insects on a "Jamboree Buggy-go-round!" A lively, approachable introduction to nonstandard measurement, comparison, and graphing.

Reviewer: Janet Dawson

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Wayne Geehan.
Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter use their burgeoning knowledge of fractions to thwart some thieves ripping off merchants at the Fracton Faire. As always, Neuschwander's medieval-set math lesson goes down easy, in part because readers are learning right along with the characters rather than having to sit through a lecture. Geehan's jewel-toned acrylics capture ye merry olde mischief.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

Overdeck, Laura
#### How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?: Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions

(3)
4-6
Each two-page spread presents a hypothetical real-world math word problem, contextual background, and an answer using basic math and measurements. All the data to answer the fifty-three included questions is documented by appended sources, and a final chapter offers young readers some tricks for solving math puzzles in one's head. The book is artfully designed, with eye-catching color photographs and illustrations.

Reviewer: Jack Forman

(4)
K-3
In this Swedish import, two dozen or so simple activities, organized seasonally, are designed to reinforce basic mathematical concepts (counting, shapes, etc.); unpretentious vignettes feature children happily engaged in the tasks at hand. Many of the activities are pedestrian ("How many snowballs can you make in 1 minute?"), but they will provoke thought and, equally valuably, get kids out of the house.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Edward Miller.
After differentiating a circle from its 3-D relatives (spheres, cylinders, cones), Adler provides step-by-step directions for drawing the 2-D shape and its various parts (diameter, radius, sectors, etc.) and for measuring its circumference and area. Clear visuals reinforce activity instructions, geometry terms, and concepts (e.g., *pi*). Friendly animal illustrations provide opportunities for identifying specific circle parts. Answers to the activities are appended. Glos.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
K-3
Shapes Are Fun! series.
These books for very young beginning readers introduce different shapes, each one discussing a shape's properties and providing examples of the particular shape around us. Stock photos show the shape highlighted in different settings, from a circular pizza to hexagon-shaped tiles to triangular bridge supports. The presentation is formulaic; the simplistic texts are undemanding. A counting game concludes each volume. Glos., ind. Review covers these Shapes Are Fun! titles: *Circles*, *Hexagons*, *Ovals*, *Rectangles*, *Squares*, and *Triangles*.

Reviewer: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

(4)
K-3
Shapes Are Fun! series.
These books for very young beginning readers introduce different shapes, each one discussing a shape's properties and providing examples of the particular shape around us. Stock photos show the shape highlighted in different settings, from a circular pizza to hexagon-shaped tiles to triangular bridge supports. The presentation is formulaic; the simplistic texts are undemanding. A counting game concludes each volume. Glos., ind. Review covers these Shapes Are Fun! titles: *Circles*, *Hexagons*, *Ovals*, *Rectangles*, *Squares*, and *Triangles*.

Reviewer: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

(4)
K-3
Shapes Are Fun! series.
These books for very young beginning readers introduce different shapes, each one discussing a shape's properties and providing examples of the particular shape around us. Stock photos show the shape highlighted in different settings, from a circular pizza to hexagon-shaped tiles to triangular bridge supports. The presentation is formulaic; the simplistic texts are undemanding. A counting game concludes each volume. Glos., ind. Review covers these Shapes Are Fun! titles: *Circles*, *Hexagons*, *Ovals*, *Rectangles*, *Squares*, and *Triangles*.

Reviewer: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Reviewer: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Reviewer: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

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