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# Panda Math: Learning about Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng

Learn about subtraction with the San Diego Zoo’s famous baby pandas

Hua Mei was the first giant panda cub born in the United States that survived more than a few days. She was born at the San Diego Zoo, and four years later her mother had another baby, Mei Sheng. Hua Mei and her brother, Mei Sheng, spend their days climbing on logs, lounging in trees

## Overview

Learn about subtraction with the San Diego Zoo’s famous baby pandas

Hua Mei was the first giant panda cub born in the United States that survived more than a few days. She was born at the San Diego Zoo, and four years later her mother had another baby, Mei Sheng. Hua Mei and her brother, Mei Sheng, spend their days climbing on logs, lounging in trees, and eating bamboo.

A lot of things the pandas do can be thought of in terms of subtraction. Young readers follow the famous cubs as they grow from tiny infants to big, bouncing pandas and learn about subtraction along the way.

## Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
You do the math. Take two amazing and precious pandas, just born, and capture their every move with brilliant close-up photography. Then list all their vital statistics, such as food needs, ages, date of birth, weight gains, sleep times, and even piles of panda "output" to serve as teaching tools, and combine that with easy math charts and tables. This ambitious attempt to blend the teaching of math concepts through a collection of photographs of the baby pandas living in the San Diego Zoo works like magic because the prized pandas are infinitely appealing! The delightful account of the cubs born in 2003, Mei Sheng and brother Hua Mei, is presented in more than two-dozen photographs (captured by tiny cameras) shown on each right-side page of the book and is combined with absorbing text that details the first year of their lives. Each left-hand page features fascinating statistical information and charts that have been broken into practical, but relatively simple, mathematical problems. Math comes alive and becomes concrete with concepts from simple subtraction and place value, to calendar math, counting backwards, and regrouping. Cleverly blended in this book, the story of the Chinese pandas would easily stand alone as a first rate book on science, but with the bonus of the math concepts it is a must have for home practice. 2005, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 6 to 10.
—Deborah Zink
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This wonderful title featuring panda cubs born in the San Diego Zoo does double duty as a math book. The right side of each spread offers a captioned color photograph and text describing the growth and development of Hua Mei and Mei Sheng. The green left-hand pages provide additional details about pandas in general and these two specifically: their eating and sleeping habits, weight, and life expectancy and incorporates this information into a subtraction word problem. Written and visual answers using different methods (base 10 system, regrouping, adding up) are provided. Photos of these endearing creatures are also found on the endpapers. A terrific cross-curricular book.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fascinating facts about baby pandas combined with a math lesson make this ideal for parents and teachers alike. Right-hand pages tell about the births and growth of Hua Mei and Mei Sheng, panda cubs at the San Diego Zoo. Left-hand pages zero in on one of the facts presented and turn it into a subtraction problem. Graphs, number lines, calendars and place-value charts present the problems visually. Nagda explains several different methods for solving subtraction problems: regrouping, subtracting each place value, thinking about doubles and adding up. While she explains these methods well, children will need additional support. Throughout, readers are encouraged to get to a "friendly" number (10, 100, etc.) to make the problem easier to solve-adding the same amount to both numbers keeps the difference the same. Even the least enthusiastic of math students will find something of interest, from how much the pandas eat, sleep, poop and weigh, to how long they will live. Adorable photos of the cubs support the text. A great text for elementary teachers and parents to share with their young mathematicians. (Nonfiction. 6-10)

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076448
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

## Meet the Author

Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of several books about wildlife and math. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.

The San Diego Zoo is recognized as one of the world’s premier animal parks. The zoo’s efforts help protect the survival of animals in captivity and those in the wild through research and education.

## Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Panda Math: Learning about Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
 Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont like math youll love math after reading this book i never liked math before l read this book and now i love math