Marcie Aboff gives a thorough and understandable description of a fundamental mathematical concept, the odd number, in this colorful book. She succeeds at presenting concise definitions without the jargon, which can often be wordy and confusing for children. Her examples are lively and come straight from the context of a child's life, such as baseball players in a starting lineup and days of the week. Dillard's illustrations are bright and charming. Even so, at times they could do more to support the concept. One example is "… you could be a traffic sign…" which seeks to emphasize the odd number of sides on common signs. However, the sides of the signs do not stand out visually and are not numbered, and since there are two (even number) signs, one of which has two (even number) fish on it, a young student may be confused without guidance and emphasis on the text. Still, the classroom exercises included at the end of the book are strong and introduce children to the odd numbers in their own lives. Overall, the book is a fun way to talk about a traditionally stodgy subject. The book is part of the "Math Fun" series, and a glossary, an index, and additional resources are included at the end of the book. This book would make a good addition to any elementary 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.