A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the "magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal! Teachers and kids will love finding out about this popular teaching tool that is still used in elementary schools today!
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Series:||Step into Reading Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)|
|Lexile:||400L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Frank Murphy has taught a wide variety of grades at the elementary and middle school level. A popular speaker, Murphy is the author of many fun historical fiction books for young readers. He lives in Holland, PA.
Richard Walz is the illustrator of many humorous historical Step into Reading books. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I discovered the idea for this book while teaching fourth grade math. I introduced my students to the magic square - a very interesting mathematical puzzle. A magic square is a powerful tool for teaching kids basic addition skills. Each row, column, and diagonal adds up to the same sum. One effective way to use it is to omit a few numbers from the boxes, then have students/children try to figure out which numbers are missing. They'll first have to calculate the'magic sum'. The story is full of interesting anecdotes from Ben Franklin's amazing life! I'd recommend this for any history buff, any elementary-aged student, and anyone who is a Ben Franklin fanatic. If you have questions about the book, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Reading!!!!
This is a good early reader with some historical and math tie ins.
My daughter liked reading this book for the content and interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.