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Children's LiteratureIf you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, then you will understand pretty quickly how a graph can convey information with just a glance. Gary is not real happy about getting up on Saturday morning to go to a family reunion. He tries several excuses and even claims that he has math homework which of course backfires when his mother tells him to bring it along. The things kids dread, getting pinched, kissed and hugged by all those relatives that you seldom see. Finally Gary finds a quiet pace to do his homework, but is stumped since he is supposed to make a variety of graphs. Inspired by an overheard conversation, he starts making graphs of what people eat, the temperature throughout the day, how many people had napkin and the like. Soon, his cousins are intrigued and start helping with his homework and they find a very clever way to determine the hair colors represented by the family. Another palatable math lesson with some real humor both in the text and illustrations that make this book a good choice for schools and any kid intrigued by math. An "All Aboard Math Reader" Level 2. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 6 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot