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Children's LiteratureAfter an introduction titled "The Magic of Graphs and Statistics" and a short explanation of pictographs, the first activity in this book involves television commercials. This is an interesting beginning to a book filled with ideas to show kids that math can be fun. Many of the suggestions for activities could stand alone as a way to start young students thinking about graphs and statistics in a new way. "Around the World" is a game that encourages kids to learn where many common items in their homes were made and teaches them how to make a world graph. "Weather Bingo" is a game teaching them to interpret weather maps. The activities are quite varied. Making a pie chart using deserts should be fun as kids figure out how many cookies each family member eats and following the stock market by trying to pick stocks and graph the results might prove a useful endeavor. There are many "brain stretcher" sidebars and all the games, charts and graphs can be played or done by youngsters using things from around the home or the classroom. Part of the "Magical Math" series. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 7 to 9.
—Carolyn Mott Ford