The Grapes of Math: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles (Scholastic Bookshelf) [NOOK Book]

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Category: Math Skills

"How many grapes are on the vine?

Counting each takes too much time.

Never Fear, I have a hunch

There is a match for every bunch!"

Greg Tang, a lifelong lover of math, shares the techniques that have helped him solve problems in the most creative ways! Harry Briggs's vibrant & inviting illustrations create a perfect environment for these innovative games. So open your mind-and have fun!

"This...clever math book uses rhyming couplets... riddles...visual clues to help the reader find new ways to group numbers for quick counting...A winning addition!" --Kirkus

Illustrated riddles introduce strategies for solving a variety of math problems in using visual clues.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This clever collection of puzzles could spark the interest of even the mathematically challenged. The first-time collaborators serve up 16 math riddles, and team brisk verses ("Mama mia, pizza pie,/ How many mushrooms do you spy?") with bright computer-generated illustrations to teach problem-solving tricks and strategies. Each riddle offers a clue that nudges readers to look at the problem creatively the aforementioned "Large Pizza to Go!," for instance, hints, "Please don't count them, it's too slow,/ This hot pie was made to go!/ Let me give you some advice,/ Just do half and count it twice," while another riddle suggests, "Instead of seeing groups of threes,/ Count by fives and it's a breeze!" The simple, staccato rhymes and crisp lines of the artwork keep attention focused, while those who find themselves stumped can consult the "Answers" section at the back of the book, which offers an explanation of each problem and shows how to group objects together and look for patterns in order to speed up the calculation process. Whether counting fish, scallops, camel humps or ants at a picnic, this duo's enthusiasm for their subject matter is contagious. Ages 7-10. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This innovative picture book shows youngsters how to use simple, creative techniques in order to solve challenging math riddles. Each colorful, two-page spread contains a delightful rhyming word problem with a clever hint, accompanied by bold, vibrant illustrations. Instead of counting items one-by-one (a task that can be both tedious and time consuming), readers learn how to count more efficiently and accurately by using a variety of problem solving techniques such as grouping items, finding patterns, combining multiples and subtracting to add. Parents and educators will enjoy this refreshing approach to adding everyday objects because it puts aside formulas and memorization tables in favor of more open-minded, creative-computation strategies. The author concludes with an illustrated answer key, which provides a detailed explanation for each word problem, as well as a heartfelt letter to parents. This unique learning tool is a gem and it belongs on every family bookshelf. Don't miss this one—it's a winner. 2001, Scholastic Press, $16.95. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Picture puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solving. Each riddle and an illustration are set on a two-page spread. The goofy rhymes set a humorous tone. Through patterns, grouping, and creative thinking, the problems to be solved will have children adding, subtracting, and multiplying. Throughout, Tang sneaks in useful visual strategies that can be used in solving other computation problems. Bright, appealing computer images add to the playful nature of the title. The solutions provided at the back of the volume include a miniature color reproduction of each picture and a clearly diagrammed answer along with text outlining the process employed to arrive at that answer. A fun addition to classroom and library shelves.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545337557
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: Scholastic Bookshelf Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 340,670
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 24 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Luv It (cont.)

    It also has riddles. Again, looking at it the wrong way. Except for the person said that this author is so funny.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    A short book of poems

    I was disappointed that i spent so much for a book that is si short. Based on other reviews i expected it to have riddles, more than elementary poems. Very unhappy with spending this money!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    Sad Disappointment

    Very frustrating. Purchased the eBook and now my PC claims that it is not supported for download. Knew it was too good to be true! Great Book, but can't use.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    GREAT BOOK FOR CHILDREN

    Its a great book for children to help them learn a different way to solve problems so they dont count by 1s and i now because i meet Greg Tang. Hes soooooooo FUNNY!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2011

    Not supported?!?!?!?!

    Why does it say it is supported for iPad Nook Kids but then says on the device that the iPad is not yet supported!? Very frustrating!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    These bokks??

    R these books teaching books???

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    It is not supported on the ipad for all the nook kids

    I'm actually just guessing based on the other reviews

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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