Miss Prime teaches her animal students to add by having them play detective and invent word problems in six comic-strip stories. Ages 5-8. (Jan.)
- Melinda M. Sprinkle
What better way to learn the concept of addition than by using examples from our world. Miss Prime, the classroom teacher, presents her animal students with the core facts of addition. She turns the somewhat boring mathematical approach of addition into a clamor of exciting mysteries, turning the role of the detective over to the students themselves. Join Miss Prime and her eager students while they solve the case of the missing cookies and even create their own word problems. The book is conveniently sectioned to address topics such as adding big numbers, money, and word problems. Simply put, it all adds up with this creative book. Teachers could easily use the subject matter as a lead into addition. An answer page is also provided. Leedy's other mathematical books include 2 x 2 = Boo! and Fraction Action. Note that the comic strip layout may make the text difficult to follow for some children.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In a style similar to that of her successful Fraction Action (1994) and 2 X 2 = Boo! (1996, both Holiday), Leedy guides readers through the learning-addition maze by using examples from the everyday world. Her growing complement of math titles pairs well with Stuart J. Murphy's "MathStart" series (HarperCollins). Here, in separate vignettes, Miss Prime and her class of animal students learn to add by playing detective and counting clues, taking a class survey, inventing word problems, and figuring out a lunch bill; two other situations focus on adding the profits of a yard sale and keeping score in a game. Although the breaks between the different scenes are not very well delineated, Leedy's explanations are clear and concise, and her colorful pictures feature a bevy of amusing animals. The math projects presented can spawn ideas for teachers and parents. Under Leedy's sure hand, Mission: Addition will not be Mission: Impossible.Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
From Leedy (2 x 2 = Boo!, 1995, etc.), a set of short math lessons in the form of comic strips: addition facts and how to write them; adding two numbers when one of the addends is greater than ten; adding columns of numbers; keeping a running total; creating addition sentences; totaling a bill when all of the addends are whole-dollar amounts. Miss Prime, a teacher of indeterminate species, presents the lessons and poses the problems; five enthusiastic pupils solve most of them, but some are left for readers, with answers on the last page. There are lots of ways to generate more addition, subtraction, or logic problems from these mini-stories, and one of them contains a lesson on sets. It's good, real-world math for home or classroom, with only one unsolved problem: Why is there a table of contents and an answer key that refer to specific pages, when the pages aren't numbered?