Mathematics--Subtraction
#### 45 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
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

(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

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Nina Cuneo.
Clarissa can't sleep so she begins counting sheep...then alpacas (by twos), llamas (by fives), and yaks (by tens). Soon Clarissa's bedroom overflows with woolly animals; she unwinds their wool, subtracting them as she goes and ending up with a huge ball of yarn--perfect for knitting a cozy afghan. Although the cheerful, pattern-filled illustrations have appeal, the text introduces an ambitious number of concepts.

Reviewer: Martha V. Parravano

(4)
K-3
Crayola Concepts series.
These simple concept books serve as introductions to their topics as well as to nonfiction conventions. Crayon-bright pages pop with colorful graphics and photos that illustrate concepts in the texts; some volumes are more focused than others. Despite its obvious marketing for the Crayola brand, overall the series is an engaging foray into basic early-elementary subjects. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers these Crayola Concepts titles: *The Crayola Counting Book*, *The Crayola Patterns Book*, *The Crayola Shapes Book*, *The Crayola Comparing Sizes Book*, *The Crayola Opposites Book*, and *The Crayola Sorting Book*

Reviewer: Kitty Flynn

(3)
K-3
Math Beginnings series.
These six colorfully designed books, heavily illustrated with stock photos, contain short chapters introducing math concepts (addition, subtraction, counting); tools (rulers, scales); notations (plus, minus, cent sign); equivalents (coins to dollar bills); and more. The user-friendly books feature large print and real-life examples. Most chapters end with a hands-on activity or question to extend concept learning. An additional activity concludes each book. Glos.

Reviewer: Gail Hedges

(3)
K-3
Illustrated by
Tim Nihoff.
This volume walks readers through types of subtraction by exploring sets, more than and less than, and single- and double-digit subtraction. Traditional methods (i.e., borrowing and carrying) are used to teach double-digit subtraction. While the main text uses lively rhyme, the candy-colored bears also give clues and tips via dialogue bubbles. McGrath's series continues to be a good resource for classrooms and small-group instruction.

Reviewer: Kari Allen

(4)
K-3
Mouse Math series.
Illustrated by
Deborah Melmon.
Mouse siblings Albert and Wanda play in the "People House playroom" and learn about sorting, attributes, and classification when it's time to put the toys away (*Mess*). Albert adds more and more toys to trade for Wanda's copy of the new Captain Slime book (*Adds*). The purposeful stories' soft, friendly illustrations welcome children to the early math lessons. "Fun activities" are appended. Review covers these Mouse Math titles: *A Mousy Mess* and *Albert Adds Up!*.

Reviewer: Katrina Hedeen

(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

(4)
K-3
SandCastle: Sports by the Numbers series.
These easy-to-read books superficially discuss different sports and their relationships to numbers. Chapters provide general sports information ("A golf course has either 9 or 18 holes") and word problems that test reader's ability to add and subtract. Additional facts and answers to the problems appear at the end. Cheery photos and mundane computer-generated illustrations accompany the kid-friendly, accessible text. Glos. Review covers these Sports by the Numbers titles: *Bowling by the Numbers*, *Golf by the Numbers*, *Gymnastics by the Numbers*, and *Skateboarding by the Numbers*.

Reviewer: Julie Bartynski-Fenner

(4)
K-3
SandCastle: Sports by the Numbers series.
These easy-to-read books superficially discuss different sports and their relationships to numbers. Chapters provide general sports information ("A golf course has either 9 or 18 holes") and word problems that test reader's ability to add and subtract. Additional facts and answers to the problems appear at the end. Cheery photos and mundane computer-generated illustrations accompany the kid-friendly, accessible text. Glos. Review covers these Sports by the Numbers titles: *Bowling by the Numbers*, *Golf by the Numbers*, *Gymnastics by the Numbers*, and *Skateboarding by the Numbers*.

Reviewer: Julie Bartynski-Fenner

(4)
K-3
SandCastle: Sports by the Numbers series.
These easy-to-read books superficially discuss different sports and their relationships to numbers. Chapters provide general sports information ("A golf course has either 9 or 18 holes") and word problems that test reader's ability to add and subtract. Additional facts and answers to the problems appear at the end. Cheery photos and mundane computer-generated illustrations accompany the kid-friendly, accessible text. Glos. Review covers these Sports by the Numbers titles: *Bowling by the Numbers*, *Golf by the Numbers*, *Gymnastics by the Numbers*, and *Skateboarding by the Numbers*.

Reviewer: Julie Bartynski-Fenner

Reviewer: Julie Bartynski-Fenner

(4)
K-3
Five wacky ducks, a.k.a. the Wing Wing brothers, compete at a strength test, battle it out in a hot-dog-eating contest, and ride (and break) a Ferris wheel--all while illustrating math concepts: counting, adding, and subtracting by tens. Although the alliteration of *W* words verges on overkill, there's plenty of humor in the silly yet clear text and comic book–style pictures.

Reviewer: Tanya D. Auger

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
Sherry Rogers.
A duck detective eliminates one animal suspect after another until he "quacks the case," deducing who stole a cake from a cake contest. In this story designed to introduce deductive reasoning, bad puns and misfired jokes get in the way of the narrative's agenda. The boldly colored illustrations will draw readers into the lesson. Two reasoning activities are appended.

Reviewer: Sophie Williamson

(4)
K-3
Illustrated by
James Dean.
Guitar-playing cat Pete's love of buttons is reflected in the song he sings about those on his shirt, which keep popping off, leading to new verses--and new subtraction lessons. This Pete book is like the others: the lyrics don't work without their song (found on the publisher's website), but Pete is an appealing, sleepy-eyed slacker-troubadour in vivaciously colored scenes.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(3)
K-3
In three acts, five performing duck brothers compete with one another and introduce basic math concepts by spinning plates, juggling pies, and disappearing in a box. The simple cartoony panels give the book a comic-book appearance, and humor abounds via sibling rivalry, slapstick elements, and even a flatulence joke. An appended note addresses Common Core State Standards for kindergarten mathematics.

Reviewer: Nell Beram

(3)
K-3
Photographs by
Chad Phillips.
Rhyming sentences describing equations ("10 monsters looking fine! / 1 folds down. / Still up?...") help put subtraction in context for young learners. Photographs of monster finger puppets, pipe-cleaner dogs, and other trinkets illustrate each problem. A letter at book's end connects the content with Common Core State Standards and gives parents and teachers ideas for other activities.

Reviewer: Kari Allen

(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

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