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CRC Press Author and NPR's Math Guy Keith Devlin spoke with Scott Simon about how the book makes finding prime numbers fun.
"This is one of the most amazing math books for kids I have ever seen…," Devlin says. "Great colors, it's wonderful, and yet because [Schwartz] knows the mathematics, he very skillfully and subtly embeds mathematical ideas into the drawings."
Posted January 5, 2012
We bought this book based on a recommendation from our son's math teacher. It is great -- starts out simple and gradually gets more complex. Our son is in 3rd grade, but taking accelerated 6th grade math. He is a visual math kid and this book is composed of pictures and equations explaining the picture. So it is a great book for him.
This book would be better if answers were under a flap, on the back side of each page rather than to the left, or not readily accessible but not visible (so that the kid has to think thru the answer). Perhaps flash cards?
Posted June 23, 2011
"You Can Count on Monsters" is a delightful teaching tool that plays to multiple intelligences and is conducive to cross-curricular collaborations between art and mathematics. This book is a great way to introduce the concepts of prime numbers, factor trees, and multiplication in terms of sets. The approach is fresh and creative and will perhaps make math a little bit less intimidating for students. I can definitely see potential for multi-sensory classroom art projects such as factor tree collages and hands on mosaic depictions (using milk bottle caps or soda caps) to create sets using the book for inspiration. In addition to being a great curricular enhancement, this book will serve as an excellent coffee table book, as the pictures are interesting, modern, and playful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2011
I bought this book for my niece and she will not put it down. I am sure the colorful, thick pages help with the 'scary' monsters on them, but she loves to show me new things she has learned from it. Like that it only takes 5 and 13 to make the '65 Monster.' It really is great to see a 9 year old girl get so excited over a math book about factoring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2011
Heard the high praise for this little book on NPR by Keith Devlin of Stanford University and NPR's "Math Guy" - great book for kids and adults needing a refresher on math multiplication and factorial trees. Really does make math interesting for kids (and parents too who aren't quite sure how to help with homework questions).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2011
This is not really a learn to count book, but a pictorial representation of numerical properties. If you understand math and want your kid to as well, this is a fun book. To Granny FL... I was doing long division and multiplication at age 3-4 along with the other kids in my Montessori school. Now my kid can too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2011
This book is neither about counting nor monsters. It purports to teach multiplication to 3-to-6 year olds! An egregious misnomer in both titling and content.
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