In this title in the Books for Girls series, exciting facts and experiments help girls discover how relevant math is to everyday life.
From the PublisherA useful book to enliven math studies and ground them in the real world ? Illustrations and diagrams throughout make this a clear and easy-to-use resource for some different and fun perspectives on the subject.
Children's LiteratureThis creative companion to The Science Book for Girls and Other Intelligent Beings (1997) introduces readers to challenging math activities and puzzles that are designed to develop critical thinking skills. This collection of math problems invites kids to measure their body parts, calculate hair growth, build a dome, design patterned wrapping paper, write coded messages, make a pizza graph, bake a cake, create a Moebius strip, and much more. Readers follow along with Nora (Natural Observation Research Activator), a fairy godmother of sorts, and her friends as they encounter all kinds of math questions throughout their daily routines. In addition to witty vignettes and step-by-step activity ideas, this resource also contains colorful artwork, diagrams, charts, short biographies of real-life women who use math in their jobs, notes to parents and teachers, a glossary, and an answer key. This humorous and engaging activity book makes math fun and shows learners (both girls and boys) how to solve mathematical conundrums in their everyday lives. It's a sure-fire winner that belongs on the shelf next to Jon Scieszka's Math Curse (1995) and Marilyn Burns' Math for Smarty Pants (1982) and the I Hate Mathematics! Book (1975). 2000, Kids Can Press, $14.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library JournalGr 3-6-A useful book to enliven math studies and ground them in the real world. Nora (short for Natural Observation Research Activator) first appeared in The Science Book for Girls and Other Intelligent Beings (Kids Can, 1997) and now returns as "a newfangled fairy godmother" who relates everything to math. The tiny teacher begins with measurement, proportion, area, and patterns and then helps her young student plan a birthday party, complete with tangrams, secret-code invitations, 3-D shapes, symmetrical decorations, and a cake. The one problem Nora doesn't solve is how the girl can collect on her brother's debt, although she does suggest a game of probability to help settle the score. Step-by-step activities help readers understand the concepts presented. Sidebars about women who use math in their careers (a zoologist, veterinarian, architect, interior decorator, computer programmer, archaeologist, etc.) further emphasize the importance of math in everyday life. An endnote offers ideas and suggestions for adults working with children both at home and in school. A detailed glossary, answer key, and index are included. Illustrations and diagrams throughout make this a clear and easy-to-use resource for some different and fun perspectives on the subject.- Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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