Mesmerizing Math

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Incredible ideas + interactive flaps and tabs = math made easy!

An interactive, engaging and exciting exploration of math, from the invention of zero to the geometry of a donut! Clear, humorous text, bright illustrations, and interactive novelties help explain such topics as numbers, geometry, probability, transformations, and statistics. The focus is on making math accessible and exciting, so each topic has an investigation for young ...

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Overview

Incredible ideas + interactive flaps and tabs = math made easy!

An interactive, engaging and exciting exploration of math, from the invention of zero to the geometry of a donut! Clear, humorous text, bright illustrations, and interactive novelties help explain such topics as numbers, geometry, probability, transformations, and statistics. The focus is on making math accessible and exciting, so each topic has an investigation for young numbersmiths to try at home.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Math is the subject of this large format, paper engineered book that is full of tidbits of information about math. Page one includes definitions of numbers, statistics, geometry, measurement, transformations, sequences and series, and probability: the topics covered in the book. A nifty numbers page is chock full of facts about numbers augmented with flaps and tabs to make the book more interactive. For example, a square number is a number multiplied by itself. The accompanying illustration shows dot patterns of square numbers that make squares. Negative numbers show up on a thermometer. The illustration that explains powers of 10 takes the reader from a carbon nucleus at 10 to minus 14 meters and up to the width of our galaxy at 10 to the 15th meters. The next page explores numbers and geometry. Punch out 3D cards are included for building two geometric shapes. Probability can be investigated with the pop-up spinning wheel. Math can also be used to transform shapes. Diagrams illustrate the tessellating shape of beehive construction and how to make your own tessellation. This is an intriguing book that offers hours of educational entertainment. Concepts are fairly complex and geared towards students comfortable with basic math. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 6 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-23
This lightning-quick overview of select mathematical topics doesn't add up to anything useful. The jumbles of cartoon images--many with flaps or, less often, a spinner or other add-on--begin on a hard-to-follow contents map. They then continue in successive single spreads to illustrate surveys of numbers, geometry, probability, mathematical transformations, measurement, statistics and numerical sequences. Skipping such basics as addition and subtraction, Litton immediately plunges into squares and square roots, primes and powers, negative numbers, triangular numbers, zero, infinity, fractions, percentages and decimals in a dizzying whirl that will quickly leave math tyros behind. On the other hand, even budding math geeks won't bring much away from his simplistic claim that "[m]ost numbers can be broken down into smaller numbers called factors" or a description of decimal places without clear examples. The discourse is likewise overcompressed on subsequent pages, ending with an array of sequences ranging from Fibonacci numbers and Pascal's triangle to how many times a 16-square length of toilet paper can be folded in half. That isn't the only case of mission creep, as glances elsewhere at optical illusions and at the hazards of slanted survey questions demonstrate. Furthermore, two punch-out models make this problematic for libraries. Infectiously enthusiastic but more elementary of look than content, with a hard-to-determine audience. (Informational pop-up. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763668815
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 472,307
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Litton has a pair of math-teaching parents and briefly became a math teacher himself before becoming a children’s book author. Over the last five years he has written and edited a number of nonfiction titles.

Thomas Flintham studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. He also illustrated the award-winning Super Science series and loves using his funky, cartoony illustrations to bring nonfiction subjects to life.

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