Missing Math: A Number Mystery

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In Missing Math, the numbers all over town suddenly disappear. The animals can’t count, use the phone, or even find out what time it is. Rulers, money, and computers have all become completely useless. . . . Can the town’s detective solve this numerical mystery? Will he ever bring the numbers back home again? Loreen Leedy’s clever rhyming text PLUS her amusing digitally painted illustrations EQUALS proof that we need math each and every day.

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Overview

In Missing Math, the numbers all over town suddenly disappear. The animals can’t count, use the phone, or even find out what time it is. Rulers, money, and computers have all become completely useless. . . . Can the town’s detective solve this numerical mystery? Will he ever bring the numbers back home again? Loreen Leedy’s clever rhyming text PLUS her amusing digitally painted illustrations EQUALS proof that we need math each and every day.

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When all of the numbers disappear, a crack feline detective is hired to find the thief and restore order to the town. Without numbers, nothing can be done—no phone calls can be made, no games can be played, no birthdays can be celebrated. Teeming with action and details, this book features large-scale, digitally rendered illustrations.

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
When a town's numbers suddenly disappear, the townsfolk are more than puzzled—-they are stuck! Without numbers, everyday life is impossible. There are no telephone numbers, or street addresses, or dates on the calendar…the many numberless things cause numberless problems around town. Worst of all, no numbers means no MATH. And while math may not always sound like fun, without it lots of fun things are not possible. (For example, how do you play baseball, football, basketball or soccer without addition, which lets you keep track of the score?) The text, written in lively rhyme, details the many ways we use numbers and math in our everyday life. The author/illustrator has depicted the frazzled townsfolk as rabbits in bunny slippers, hippos in bathrobes, ducks in cowboy boots, skunks in sundresses, and other fanciful creatures. These citizens hire a detective—a cat in a trench coat and fedora—to solve the mystery of the missing numbers. Eventually, of course, the sly feline does crack the case. The culprit is caught, the numbers return to their rightful places, and town life returns to normal. The illustrations in this picture book are eye-poppingly bright, and imaginatively weave numbers from 0 to 10 into the background of each two-page spread. There is a lot to see—and count—as young readers follow the story along. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
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K-Gr 2- Imagine a world without numbers. Madly trying to replace them, but to no avail, two-dimensional, wide-eyed, nattily dressed animals cavort on brightly colored pages, conversing in rhyme about how pervasive and needed numbers are. Adding, subtracting, scoring games-neither winners nor losers can be chosen in sporting matches and elections. Money has no value, and the questions and confusions about postage, addresses, calendars, time, age, library-book due dates, telephone numbers, computers, calculators, heights, and weights grow. The story concludes with the culprit revealing himself-a numbers thief, armed with a vacuum, sucking up all of the numerals in his attempt to make the longest number to reach infinity. The animals celebrate once the numbers have been returned. Yet, the library books are overdue, and the judge offers a punishment that will seem illogical to readers. Still, children will enjoy locating the hidden numbers and brainstorming the countless ways numbers are important in their world.-Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453857
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 184,689
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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