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 doneno 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.
Missing Math: A Number Mysteryby Loreen Leedy
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.
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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