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Math at the Store

Math at the Store

by Ellen Weiss

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Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
Let us start with some math. At this twenty-four page book goes for about eighty-three cents per page, or about nine cents for each of the 216 words. By industry standards, these are very expensive words. The question is, of course, will these nine-cent words help a child learn and love math? Maybe, but it is not easy to see how. There is a picture of a dozen oranges labeled "dozen" with the pronunciation "(duhz-uhn)" but it is not clear who the pronunciation is for—the child? There is an index at the end and a table of contents at the beginning, which suggests the author feels it is more important to introduce those concepts than it is to use the pages for math. Can that be? With the notable exception of an absolutely adorable little girl on the cover, the pictures are bland stock photos that could be bettered by the average high school photographer. The only real error occurs on page 17, where a row of half-gallon milk bottles is labeled "quarts," but that matters because the notion that there are 4 quarts in 1 gallon is the point of the page. Kids are much too clever to be harmed by this book, but it will not do them much good either. Scholastic can do better. Reviewer: Michael Chabin

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers Series
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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