You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun

by David A. Adler, Edward Miller

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Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
In this nicely designed and produced little book, math problems are given as clumsy bits of verse involving birds. For example "Robins resting / The first day of Fall / Six here / Seven there / How many in all?" The reader is supposed to provide the answer. Answers and directions on how to solve the problems are given upside down in small print. Because the reading level is low for children capable of solving problems involving division, the audience for this book is limited. It might be most useful as a classroom game. The teacher could read the problems and teams of children come up with answers. Unfortunately, there are only twenty-one problems in the whole book. That may be enough for an in-class game but is probably not enough to have much benefit for a single reader.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-From "Crows in Rows" to "Obese Geese," this title presents a flock of bird-themed rhyming word problems. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division tables conveniently cover the endpapers, and a brief introduction to each mathematical function is provided on the first spread. Miller's festive, computer-generated illustrations give the book a retro look and jazz up the sometimes-forced, occasionally bland rhymes. The word problems are also somewhat repetitive. While this book is undoubtedly more enticing than worksheets, other titles do more to inspire and teach children. Jon Scieszka's Math Curse (Viking, 1995), for example, is a much better choice for making math fun and stretching kids' critical-thinking skills, while Greg Tang's The Grapes of Math (Scholastic, 2001) seamlessly embeds problem-solving strategies right into the (much more fluid and funny) rhymes. Still, Adler's offering is a suitable addition to collections in need of another math picture book.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-one rhyming bird-centric word problems challenge children to add, subtract, multiply and divide: "Twenty blue jays / by the bay. / Twelve fly off. / How many stay?" A simple opening page gives youngsters clues as to when to use each operation, but lacks the explicit vocabulary hints that math teachers would give. The chosen operation, equation (equations in the case of multiplication) and answer can be found upside down or sideways on the same page as the problem, making it easy to check work, or peek, for that matter. The endpapers are resources, featuring addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables up through ten. Miller's illustrations keep the details simple so that children can use the pictures to help them solve the problems. Great practice for those who need it, especially with some teacher or parent guidance. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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