Who knew that they made picture books to deal with math subjects? I didn’t! Put away those text books and pull out these books to amuse and teach your children without them necessarily understanding what is happening.
G Is for Googol is a Math Alphabet book. You heard that right. This is either for the curious child or the geeky adult, I’m not sure which. (I can safely say that as I’m related to several math geeks who would think this book was pure fun.) What is this exactly? Well, you learn the alphabet by learning math terms which are accompanied by cute cartoons, math jokes and explanations. It’s a number feast, I tell ya! A is for abacus, B is for binary, C is for cubit and, well, G is for googol. If you have a kid who loves math, this book is pretty cute. For a math book. I enjoyed it and I am not friends with numbers or any theory which surrounds them.
Making Cents just makes sense if you want to teach kids about money and the value contained therein. It is appropriately subtitled “The nuts and bolts of money and a whole lot more!” Learn who is pictured on the $10 bill. Imagine the clubhouse you could build by buying building materials and calculate just how many pennies you would need to build your dream castle. Add money, count costs, use your imagination and see how far you go! Again, for a non-math person, I think this book is pretty creative and fun.
Piece = Part = Portion is a visual learning book for younger kids who are fighting for the largest piece of pizza in the box. If you start out with 100% of the pizza and one piece is removed, what percentage is left? These are questions you can develop yourself as you look through this book of photographs which leave you calculating percentages and fractions.
These books are too cool. Maybe I just have never bothered looking for math books (not being a math person) but I was delighted to find these. Tricycle/Ten Speed Press has produced some creative alternatives to text books and I think they are worth checking out!
Those look interesting. For more books along the same line check out http://www.stuartjmurphy.com. His website has extra activities you can do with the books. My local library has quite a few of them.
Jennifer (5 Minutes for Books) says
I never commented, but these look like GREAT books!
The book Give a Goat that I reviewed here also has math lessons, because they do a math unit — products, inventory, profit margins — to raise money to buy the goat.