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Giraffe Graphs (Rookie Read-About Math) Paperback – March 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Rookie Read-About Math
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516245945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516245942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Stewart is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

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Melissa Stewart has written more than 100 science books for young readers. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has hiked in tropical rain forests, gone on safari in Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. She can't imagine any better job! Visit Melissa's website at www.melissa-stewart.com or track her at twitter.com/mstewartscience.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an exciting first look at the utility and function of graphs, set within a "field trip to the zoo" narrative. Author Melissa Stewart has written more than 60 books for kids and frequently contributes to publisher Scholastic's MATH magazine, and Dr. Cecilia Minden_Cup of Harvard served as the readability consultant.

The zoo is an ideal setting for applied math: There arre animals to count and sizes to compare. The photographs (from the San Frnacisco zoo) are breezy and uncluttered, although otherwise unremarkable. However, they do add some flavor to the two main math techniques presented: Tallying, as in |||| = 4, and bar graphs, which are especially useful when comparing height: The taller the bar, the taller the "animal's shoulder height (the height without measuring the neck and head)." This presentation is intuitive and fun, and leads to slightly more abstract concepts. A "taller" bar can also mean that there is more of something--it doesn't necessarily mean how tall something is.

The book argues persuasively for hte importance of learning graphs and pther forms of pictorial representations: "My teacher says that a picture is worth a thousand words." Three pages later, after showing a boy/girl/total students bar graph, this cliche is followed by a more surprising observation for the young reader: "MY teacher also says that a graph is worth a thousand bumbers." 32 shiny pages, with an overview of words and concepts, as well as a brief index, this is an excellent, non-threatening introduction to graph power!
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