Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems

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Marvelous Math is a playful look at the sometimes surprising ways math is part of our daily's life. The poems cover a vast range of topics from multiplication, division, and fractions to time, counting and measurement, but all relate math to our everyday world. Full color.

Presents such poems as "Math Makes Me Feel Safe," "Fractions," "Pythagoras," and "Time Passes," by such writers as Janet S. Wong, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Ilo ...

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Overview

Marvelous Math is a playful look at the sometimes surprising ways math is part of our daily's life. The poems cover a vast range of topics from multiplication, division, and fractions to time, counting and measurement, but all relate math to our everyday world. Full color.

Presents such poems as "Math Makes Me Feel Safe," "Fractions," "Pythagoras," and "Time Passes," by such writers as Janet S. Wong, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Ilo Orleans.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is a collection of 16 poems by different poets, accompanied by vibrant illustrations. Unfortunately, the math is ordinary, and the poetry isn't marvelous either. Teachers will be able to find one or two useful poems, but will be disappointed with most. One major problem is that the book has a defensive feel, such that the overarching theme seems to be, "we can help you hate math a little bit less." One poem paints a natural landscape where "orange poppies multiply," but the word "multiply" is used here in its biological connotation of breeding and not as a math word. As in this example, many of the poems do not actually deal with math, they just pretend to. Other poets in the collection see math as nothing more than arithmetic, and several see it only as a painful rite of passage. Although this collection won the "Parents' Choice Award," teachers will feel that it does as much harm as good. 2001 (orig. 1997), Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, $6.99. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer:Seth Berg
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Hopkins pulls together poems on mathematics, providing insights from writers such as Karla Kuskin, Janet S. Wong, and Lillian M. Fisher. Several selections share the predictable theme of the significance of math and numbers. Rebecca Kai Dotlich's title poem, for example, asks questions such as, "How fast does a New York taxi go?" and "How slow do feathers fall?" and suggests how to find the answers: "Mathematics knows it all!" Some take a unique point of view, as in Betsy Franco's "Math Makes Me Feel Safe": "Knowing that my brother will always be/three years younger than I am,/and every day of the year will have/twenty-four hours." Rhymed and open verse styles are represented, as are a variety of tones. David McCord's "Who Hasn't Played Gazintas?" is a playful presentation of spoken language. Barbour's lively illustrations dance and play around the poems. Her boldly outlined watercolor figures, often wearing ill-fitting hats, fill the pages with childlike whimsy. Children will enjoy studying the oddly colored animals, numbers, and stylized, arched-browed people. A delightful collection.Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689844423
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 452,845
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

LEE BENNETT HOPKINS is a distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist whose poetry collections include the highly acclaimed Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, illustrated by Peter Fiore, and My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, and America at War, both illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Mr. Hopkins’s numerous awards include the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for “lasting contributions to children’s literature” and both the Christopher Award and a Golden Kite Honor for his verse novel Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    What a Great Book

    I read this book for a media for children assignment I had in class. It was very fun reading. The illustrations fit well with the text, being a math challenged person I found myself actually looking at math in a different prospective. What a fun book of poems. I would like to use this book in my classroom someday.

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