Mathematics--Division
#### 17 Reviews

(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
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series.
This spinoff series' first entries feature lively speech-balloon conversations with energetic illustrations to match. In Keller's quirky book, seven blades of grass and one dandelion discover they're growing but in different ways. Santat delivers a raucous math lesson, as four animal friends attempt to share three cookies. Willems frames each story with a brief, humorous exchange between enthusiastic readers Elephant and Piggie. Review covers the following Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! titles: *We Are Growing!* and *The Cookie Fiasco*.

Reviewer: Martha Sibert

(4)
4-6
Easy Genius Math series.
These serviceable retitled books are primarily designed for upper-elementary and early-middle-school students who need help with fundamental math skills and concepts. Each volume covers twenty-eight topics, with one topic per double-page spread. The pages are overcrowded and the cartoonlike illustrations resemble clip art, but the math content is comprehensive, and the instructions, examples, and definitions are clear. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Easy Genius Math titles: *Algebra and Pre-Algebra*, *Decimals and Fractions*, *Division and Multiplication*, *Geometry*, *Ratios and Percents*, and *Subtraction and Addition*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Ready for Math series.
Mathphobes may doubt Wingard-Nelson's promise: "Get ready to discover math...made easy!" Yet her concise explanations, clear examples, helpful diagrams, and clutter-free pages do make for friendly introductions to (or reviews of) math concepts. Illustrations, often humorous, help break up the text. There's nothing groundbreaking going on in these updated, retitled editions, but students and teachers will find the volumes useful. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Ready for Math titles: *Ready for Addition*, *Ready for Division*, *Ready for Fractions and Decimals*, *Ready for Multiplication*, *Ready for Subtraction*, and *Ready for Word Problems and Problem Solving*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Erin E. Hunter.
This book is a division exercise enlivened with obscure names for collections of animals (e.g., a *crash* of rhinos). Each double-page spread features one animal grouping, a quatrain that poses the question ("How many in each leap [of frogs]?"), and an equation ("14÷2+?"). Colorful illustrations with saturated backgrounds suggest the answer, and four pages of interactive learning activities are appended.

Reviewer: Frieda F. Bostian

(3)
4-6
Ace Your Math Test series.
Each reference book provides explanations, definitions, examples with step-by-step solutions, samples of various question types with answers, and test-taking hints for twenty-four sequential mathematical procedures/operations. With only four pages and two test questions dedicated to each skill, the series is not intended for thorough practice and drill but offers a useful refresher. Multiple design elements make the content digestible, even for the math-phobic. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Ace Your Math Test titles: *Addition and Subtraction*, *Fractions and Decimals*, *Geometry*, *Multiplication and Division*, *Percents and Ratios[c1], and **Pre-Algebra and Algebra*.

Reviewer: Sethany Rancier Alongi

(4)
4-6
Math Busters Word Problems series.
These approachable books examine word problems as found in various branches of mathematics. The texts provide general tips and strategies; twenty-eight topics are then reviewed, with one topic per double-page spread. Pages are overcrowded with text and cheesy photographs of smiley math-doing kids, but the definitions, examples, and instructions themselves are clear. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Math Busters Word Problems titles: *Algebra Word Problems*, *Fraction and Decimal Word Problems*, *Geometry Word Problems*, *Graphing and Probability Word Problems*, *Math Measurement Word Problems*, and *Multiplication and Division Word Problems*.

Reviewer: Elissa Gershowitz

(4)
4-6
Math Word Problems Solved series.
Illustrated by
Tom LaBaff.
Though they don't break any new ground, these volumes do offer appropriate strategies for tackling word problems in specific skills areas using kid-friendly topics and illustrations (though they're a little babyish). Instructions and examples are clear, and a variety of approaches are demonstrated, including looking for key words, finding patterns, using models, drawing pictures or diagrams, and writing equations. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Math Word Problems Solved titles: *Amusement Park Word Problems Starring Pre-Algebra*, *Animal Word Problems Starring Addition and Subtraction*, *Big Truck and Car Word Problems Starring Multiplication and Division*, *Fun Food Word Problems Starring Fractions*, *Space Word Problems Starring Ratios and Proportions*, and *Sports Word Problems Starring Decimals and Percents*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
4-6
Math Busters series.
These serviceable books are primarily designed for upper-elementary and early middle-school students who need help with fundamental math skills and concepts. Each volume covers twenty-eight topics, with one topic per double-page spread. The pages are overcrowded and the cartoonlike illustrations resemble clip art, but the math content is comprehensive, and the instructions, examples, and definitions are clear. Reading list, websites. Ind. Review covers these Math Busters titles: *Decimals and Fractions*, *Division and Multiplication*, *Ratios and Percents*, and *Subtraction and Addition*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Two superstitious bugs try to divide up the thirteen beans they've picked for dinner. They keep ending up with one unlucky leftover--until a happy accident intervenes. Readers will be so entertained they may not realize they're learning math. Helping matters is the cartoony art in ultra-bright earth tones and other shades not found in nature.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(4)
K-3
Right-hand pages relate how San Diego Zoo trainers paired two cheetah cubs with dogs to help the cubs feel at ease around zoo visitors. Simultaneously, left-hand pages teach division strategies (equal groups, repeated subtraction) in contexts related, but not integral, to the cheetahs' story. The book's dual-purpose format is a little awkward, but the photogenic felines and their canine pals will keep readers interested.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
K-3
Las matemáticas básicas series.
These Spanish-language editions cover the basic mathematical concepts of adding and counting on, subtracting and taking away, doubling and multiplying, and sharing and dividing. The books use familiar objects such as toy cars, seashells, and marbles to help illustrate different methods of solving simple math problems. Other than a couple of awkward sentences, the Spanish texts are adequate. Review covers these Las matemáticas básicas titles: *Compartir y dividir*, *Duplicar y multiplicar*, *Restar y quitar*, and *Sumar y contar hacia adelante*.

Reviewer: Antonio Trujillo

(4)
K-3
Basic Math series.
The simple text ("Pretend that you have 4 leaves and give 1 away") is well supported by clear photographs of the everyday objects (shells, pencils, rocks, etc.) being added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided. However, the books miss out on a no-brainer kinesthetic tie-in by failing to suggest that children gather and work directly with the leaves and other items being illustrated. Ind. Review covers these Basic Math titles: *Adding and Counting On*, *Doubling and Multiplying*, *Sharing and Dividing*, and *Subtracting and Taking Away*.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
4-6
Math Success series.
Each volume includes twenty-eight mini-lessons that provide clear examples, definitions of math terms, and, occasionally, game ideas and real-world applications. No practice problems are provided, making the books most appropriate for those in need of a quick review. The bland, textbook-like layout may be a turnoff to readers. Bib., ind.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Amy Walrod.
On their way to a picnic with twelve sandwiches, two friends happen upon more friends, who have their own items to add to the feast. As they add guests, the friends recalculate how to divide up the food, which works fine until a thirteenth friend arrives--empty-handed. This clever introduction to division consists entirely of witty dialogue complemented by Walrod's quirky cut-paper illustrations.

Reviewer: Emma Loy-Santelli

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Tracy Mitchell.
From eighty to forty to twenty and down to one, a group taking part in a cross-country race is continually divided in half by various accidents and natural disasters. The book's math pattern is fudged at the end in order to provide one winner, but the rhyming text is bouncy, and the colorful folk-art paintings with snazzy racing-checker graphics show grannies, clowns, cowpokes, pirates, and convicts, among others, as participants.

Reviewer: Anita L. Burkam

(3)
K-3
MathStart series.
Illustrated by
Kevin O'Malley.
During a field day, a group of twelve Australian animal campers splits into halves for a tug of war, thirds for a swim meet, and fourths for a canoe race. The simple story line presents a real-world application of fractions and division, neatly reinforced by O'Malley's expressive illustrations. Related activities are suggested.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

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