The Grapes Of Math: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Grapes Of Math: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Greg Tang, Harry Briggs
     
 

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This innovative and delightful book challenges children � and parents � to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations displayed within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier and quicker � and much more fun � than anyone could have ever imagined! See more details below

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This innovative and delightful book challenges children � and parents � to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations displayed within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier and quicker � and much more fun � than anyone could have ever imagined!

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 - 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:
9781417712236
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,419,946
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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