Racing Around: Perimeter (MathStart 2 Series)


It's a long way around Perimeter Path! Mike's brother and sister say he's too young to compete in the 15-kilometer bike race. But if Mike just gets a chance, he knows he can make it all the way around.

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It's a long way around Perimeter Path! Mike's brother and sister say he's too young to compete in the 15-kilometer bike race. But if Mike just gets a chance, he knows he can make it all the way around.

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Children's Literature
The "MathStart" series has been created by a visual learning specialist with an interest in teaching math. Each of the books tells a story with the purpose of teaching a specific math concept. Racing Around is a Level 2 book, exploring the concept of perimeter. Mike wants to participate in the 15kilometer-bike race with his older brother and sister. Older brother Justin has already done it two years in a row. Sister Marissa tells Mike he should wait a few years. But Mike is determined. His siblings remind him that 15km is a long way. Mike protests that he has recently ridden around the athletic field. Justin has an odometer, so they check the distance around the field to see how close is was to 15 km. The field is illustrated and we see that it is 2 km's wide and 2 km high. That only adds up to 6 km, less than half the distance of the race. Mike rides around other locations and his distance is added up. In his practice he never does do 15km. The day of the race he gets tired and even falls off of his bicycle. But he is determined and he makes it. Each book in this series has instructions for parents and students at the end, including related activities, in this case measuring the distance between objects in the house. Part of the "MathStart" series. 2002, HarperCollins, $15.95, $15.89, and $4.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Kristin Harris AGES: 6 7 8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064462440
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 165,708
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.81 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

Mike Reed’s pictures have appeared in Business Week and the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as in children’s books. Mr. Reed lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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