Life would be very interesting if you were a set or a subset or even a combination of sets. Marcie Aboff gives a remarkably clear, age-appropriate introduction of this concept, with language that is especially fitting for children in kindergarten through second grade. Her explanation goes beyond the simple definition of a set and sneaks in a preview of set operations, without resorting to technical jargon. The examples are refreshingly creative and taken from the context of a child's world. Worn-out examples of bushels of apples and oranges are replaced by dirty clothes in baskets, trophies on a dresser, and comic books on shelves. The book is part of the delightful "Math Fun" series and entertains as well as instructs. The whimsical illustrations in bold, bright colors add to the fun of learning mathematics. A glossary, suggested classroom activities, an index, and additional resources are included at the end of the book. This book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom. Reviewer: Carolyn Briles
Marcie Aboff is the author of picture books, early readers, chapter books, and magazine stories. She also used to work as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Escondido, California, and as a catalog copywriter for an advertising firm in New York City. She’s written more than 20 titles for Picture Window Books. Marcie loves visiting schools to talk to students about being an author, as well as helping them develop their own writing potential. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Marcie likes to play tennis, listen to music, see really good movies, travel, and eat as much chocolate as she can. Marcie resides in Edison, New Jersey, with her two sons and one daughter. Their cat, Sneakers, also resides in the home, although he sometimes is under the impression he is the sole proprietor.
Please visit Marcie’s website (www.marcieaboff.com) to learn more about her books.
Growing up in a small town with no cable (and parents who were teachers), reading was the only thing to do. Since then, Christianne Jones has read about a bazillion books and written more than 50. Christianne works as an editor and lives in Minnesota with her husband and three daughters.