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Mathematics--Multiplication
#### 24 Reviews

(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

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Simona Mulazzani.
The Latin American almendro tree hosts thousands of living creatures, including the endangered great green macaw. In this book, one tree provides habitat for two macaws, four toucans, eight howler monkeys, and so on to 1,024 leaf-cutter ants, all illustrated in lush acrylics. Concise information is provided about each species, while mini-creature visuals represent the progressively doubled numbers. Rainforest-ecology-themed math problems are included. Reading list.

Reviewer: Paula M. Cairo

(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)
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)
K-3
Illustrated by
Erin E. Hunter.
This insect-themed multiplication book features crisp, colorful illustrations, a rhyming text, and eleven equations. The accompanying quatrains, some more effective than others, prompt readers to solve questions: "Six sturdy soldier ants...each uses five small eyes. / How many eyes stand guard? 6 x 5 = ?" This slight cross-disciplinary effort ends with six pages of learning activities.

Reviewer: Frieda F. Bostian

(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)
K-3
Illustrated by
Anna Currey.
Corkscrew the pig's owners throw him a birthday party. Twelve guests brainstorm game ideas: six pairs can play badminton, four groups of three can jump rope, and so on. Feeling left out, the porcine honoree spoils all the games until the children finally include him. Multiplication concepts aren't fully explained, but scenes of animal hijinks are lively and energetic.

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

(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)
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

(2)
K-3
Illustrated by
John Manders.
The concept of doubling goes down easy in this combination of multiplication facts, rhyme, humor--and diner food. One by one, the McFay brothers abandon their farm chores and head for the diner; each orders what the previous brother did, but "make it a double." The appropriately exaggerated illustrations double the fun as they play with numbers and size.

Reviewer: Martha V. Parravano
| Horn Book Magazine Issue:
January, 2005

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Anne-Sophie Lanquetin.
When Sam, a raccoon, picks pumpkins, she doubles the number each time--first one, then two, then four, until she has sixteen. But going home, the pumpkins fall and become "the hill-rolling, bowling-ball kind." Although the slight story is energetic and the illustrations lively and humorous, only some of the sixteen pumpkins are accounted for before Sam makes pumpkin pie.

Reviewer: Patricia Riley

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Phyllis Hornung
&
Phyllis Hornung.
In Digitaria, the numbers like to play Addemup, but the digit Zero can't participate "because he had nothing to add." Imaginative cartoony images show Zero discovering his additive and multiplicative identities, and finally his worth as a place holder. This fictional story, featuring wizards, kings, and walking, talking numerals, obscures rather than clarifies the math concepts, but Zero is an engaging hero.

Reviewer: Anita L. Burkam

(4)
K-3
MathStart series.
Illustrated by
Valeria Petrone.
When his ducks double in number, a young cowboy needs twice as much hay to make the birds' nests, twice as many sacks to carry their food, and so on. While the story is bland, it's a serviceable introduction to the concept of doubling. Bright, exaggerated illustrations feature a freckle-faced cowpoke in an oversize Stetson and chubby ducks with extra-long bills. Related math activities are appended.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(2)
1-3
Illustrated by
G. Brian Karas.
Third-grader Wilson is facing one of the hurdles of childhood: learning his times tables. Unlike math-whiz classmate Laura, who is up to her nines, or best friend Josh, who has mastered the fives, Wilson is doubtful about his chances of passing all twelve times-table tests before the deadline. Writing for the first time for early chapter book readers, Mills infuses her story with drama, tension, and humanity.

Reviewer: Martha V. Parravano
| Horn Book Magazine Issue:
March, 2002

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Harry Briggs.
An emphasis on conceptual strategies over rote memorization combines with clearly modeled examples and crisp, digitally created illustrations for a fresh take on teaching multiplication. Pairs of rhyming couplets describe techniques, like doubling and repeated addition, for the factors zero to ten. Sample problems are followed by challenges for the reader.

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

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