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

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

by David A. Adler, Edward Miller (Illustrator)
 

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This book introduces kids to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in a fun and unthreatening fashion. Math riddles encourage young readers to think through math problems as they study both the amusing verse and pictures. Solutions and tables are provided.

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This book introduces kids to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in a fun and unthreatening fashion. Math riddles encourage young readers to think through math problems as they study both the amusing verse and pictures. Solutions and tables are provided.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)
From the Publisher
"This will be useful for parents and teachers who want to introduce techniques for solving word problems."

"A suitable addition to collections in need of another math picture book."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421176
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is a former math teacher and author of more than a hundred children's books, including math titles such as "Fraction Fun", "How Tall, How Short, How Faraway"; and "Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons". He lives in New York State. You can find out more about him on his website at www.davidaadler.com.

Edward Miller III has written, illustrated, and designed many books for children including "The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids!", which he also wrote. He is the illustrator of many popular math books, including Mystery Math; Fractions, Decimals, and Percents; and Fun with Roman Numerals. He lives in New York City. Visit him on the web at www.edmiller.com.

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