Showing posts with label mathematics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mathematics. Show all posts

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Triangles by David A. Adler - ADVISABLE

Adler, David A.  Triangles. Illustrated by Edward Miller. Unpaged. 2014. Holiday House. $17.95. Nonfiction picture book.

While the author explains all about triangles and their angles, the illustrator presents us with two kids and a robot building another robot. The book starts by explaining angles, covering how they are named, measured and classified. It then moves on to types of triangles. By the end of this short book, the kids have constructed a new robot mostly out of triangles, and the author has identified all the congruent and similar shapes on its body, and labeled all its angles. 

The illustrator uses a retro color scheme of mostly turquoise, red, and yellow which gives the book a classic picture book feel, but the text is strictly informational. Most students may need lots of time and practice to master all the information presented here, but the illustrations are well labeled and the book would work well as a review for any class learning about these concepts.

EL - ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: PKFoster, teacher-librarian

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, School Day Math by McGrath - ADVISABLE

McGrath, Barbara Barbieri Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, School Day Math.  Charlesbridge, 2012, $7.95.  PICTURE BOOK. Content: G.  

The Teddy Bears are busy doing math.  Simple pattern recognition and predicting, grouping, weighing and even fractions are included in a very quick, limited manner.  While you couldn’t use this book to actually teach any of these concepts, it is a very quick introduction or review.  

I gave this to one of my math teachers at my middle school and she is adamant that we keep it here in our library for her to use every year – her kids enjoyed it that much.  This would make a fun gift for a math teacher, too.   

EL – ADVISABLE; MS, GIFT – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Island of the Unknowns by Benedict Carey - ADVISABLE

Carey, Benedict.  Island of the Unknowns, 259 pages.  Amulet Book (ABRAMS), 2011 (originally published as The Unknowns in 2009).  $6.95 (paperback).  Language: PG (8 Swears); Sexual Content: G; Violence: PG.  Folsom Energy is a power plant.  Folsom Adjacent is the trailer park next to Folsom Energy (hence the name Adjacent).  In other words, it doesn't really have a is a "nothing kind of place."  Nothing seems to happen there.  That is until people start mysteriously disappearing.  Lady Di and Tom Jones decide that something is wrong, and they start following clues left behind by Malba Clarke.  She uses math to lead them to answers to what is going on.  And they follow those clues and use more and more math as they go.  This book was okay.  It had its ups and it had its downs.  But I didn't love it.  The characters were quirky, but at times I felt like the author was trying too hard to make them quirky.  I enjoy math; in fact in school I liked math much more than I liked English.  And so I actually enjoyed reading and thinking about the math element.  The book would work well in a math class or in a cross-curricular unit.  It is for that possibility that I bump the book from optional up to advisable.  It deserves a place in schools, even if it is not a must-read.  EL, MS, HS - ADVISABLE.  Brent Smith, Reading Teacher

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fractions = Trouble! by Claudia Mills- ESSENTIAL

Mills, Claudia. Karas, G. Brian. Fractions=Trouble! 128 pgs.  Farrar Straus Ciroux, 2011.  $15.99.  Content: G. This book is about a boy named Wilson who has trouble with fractions and has to go to a math tutor.  Because he is focusing on his science fair project  instead of studying,  he missed a lot on the test. Wilson thinks his science fair project is going to be the best ever.  His little brother, Kipper, does a project with his tents to see which tents blow away the farthest in strong wind.   Wilson helps out his brother by allowing his stuffed animals to be in the tents.  Wilson had his bean bag penguin in the small tent, and his bean bag alligator in the big tent.  The big tent blew the furthest away.

I really liked this book.  I liked the illustrations- especially the hamsters.  It’s a funny and exciting book.  This book would help anyone struggling with fractions to know they aren’t alone. EL (K-3). ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer: JL-age 9. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy 100th Day! by Susan Milford Illustrated by Mary DePalma

Milford, Susan. Depalma, Mary. Happy 100th Day!, 40 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2011. $16.99. Graham doesn't like school, especially reading! His teacher, Miss Currier is excited to celebrate the 100th day in school. As the days go by, Graham becomes a better reader without even knowing it, and celebrates the 1ooth day by reading 1oo books. Although this is a little long, the story is fun and there are counting activities in the back of the book. It tells you what items on each page to count, and they all equal 100. This could be used not only to promote number sense, but to encourage students that don't like school as well. EL(K-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: AM.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

Gravett, Emily.  The Rabbit Problem.  Simon and Schuster, 2010. $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK.  Content, PG.  This book is set up like a calendar, starting in January and documents a group of rabbits living in one field the whole year long.  There isn’t specific text that tells the story, but a bunch of writing in the calendar or on pamphlets that are attached to the calendar page.  The rabbits quickly overpopulate the small field and have to break out.  This isn’t a traditional book that can be read.  It might be something that could supplement science, but talking about reproduction with elementary kids may not be on their level. EL - OPTIONAL  Reviewer, C. Peterson, teacher.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Counting Chickens by Harriet Ziefert

Counting ChickensZiefert, Harriet Counting Chickens, Illustrated by Flensted Mobiles. Blue Apple Books, 2010. $16.99.  PICTURE BOOK.  This book uses illustrations based on mobiles created by Flensted Mobiles, a company in Denmark.  The book has various animals and shapes attached to drawn wires, like a mobile would.  The text asks questions, having the reader count, add, and even subtract.  While readers do get the opportunity to practice counting, the youngest of readers might be confused by some illustrations and for sure the “Extra Credit” questions, which require much higher-level thinking. Thus, this book can be a useful learning tool, but it also requires much adult help for early learners.  PreK, EL(K-3) – OPTIONAL. Brent Smith, Reading Teacher.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Math Attack! by Joan Hortna

Hortna, Joan Math Attack! Pictures by Kyrsten Brooker. Melanie Kroupa (Farrar), 2009. A young girl is asked one too many multiplication problems and numbers burst from her brain – going on to cause problems all over town – until the young lady and clear her mind and reign all of the errant numbers in. While I really like the idea behind this book – because who didn’t have a hard time learning the times tables when they were little – BUT, why did the little girl get stuck on “seven times ten”? Everyone learns the tens so very quickly – nothing is easier except for maybe the 11’s. SO, I found that to be a major flaw in the book, making this really only useful for reading at home, not so much at school. EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Zero is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco

Franco, Betsy Zero is the Leaves on the Tree, illustrated by Shino Arihara. Tricycle Press, 2009. $15.99. PICTURE BOOK. How do you explain the concept or purpose of zero to students? Well, use this beautifully illustrated book. The whole idea of zero takes on new meaning when Arihara matches pictures to Franco’s words. What a great reinforcer for a math lesson. EL-ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Lions Share by Matthew McElligott

McElligott, Matthew The Lions Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating it, Too. Walker & Company, 2009. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK. The animals of the jungle feast at the table of the king of the jungle, but their rude manners put the tiny any in a terrible position. After she solves her problem, they each try to top her gesture, until they themselves are now in awkward situations. This very cute book is a great new math book to look at the concept of halving and then doubling. While it doesn’t go as far as One Grain of Rice, it still illustrates it’s point in a fun, attention-drawing way. EL – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.