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Help Your Kids with Math: A visual problem solver for kids and parents Paperback – June 21, 2010

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About the Author

Barry Lewis developed a passion for mathematical books that presented this often difficult subject in accessible, appealing, and visual ways during the many years he spent in publishing, as an author and as an editor. He was invited by the British Government to run the major initiative Maths Year 2000, a new millennium celebration of mathematical achievement and in 2001 he became the President of The Mathematical Association.
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Product Details

  • Series: Help Your Kids
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; 1 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075664979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756649791
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In spite of a few flaws, the main one being the admirable but unlikely-to-be-attainable intent indicated by its title, "Help Your Kids with Math," this is an excellent visual reference material for mathematical concepts in its six key categories: numbers, geometry, trigonometry, algebra, statistics and probability.

The biggest problem I have with the book is its premise. My personal experience as a highly involved school volunteer/math lover is that parents who struggled with math themselves continue to do so as adults and aren't likely to be able to teach key concepts (beyond the basics) to their children, whatever the resource. I can imagine this would also be the case with this book, especially considering that, excluding Chapter 1 (Numbers), it contains a lot of relatively advanced math. Four specific concerns about the content are as follows: (1) New and, I believe, more logical, simplified and appropriate terminology for what used to be called "borrowing" and "carrying" for addition and subtraction, that is, the term "regrouping" isn't even mentioned (a simple "also known as `regrouping'" would have sufficed). (2) Although examples of the associative (p 161), commutative (p 19, 161), and distributive properties (p 19) are introduced, the properties are not named within the main text, glossary or index. (3) In the linear graphs section, "the equation of a straight line" is introduced (p 174-175), but the only example for graphing a line recommends plotting points (they use four). An example of a quicker method, involving determining the y intercept and then drawing a line through it with the correct slope should have been included. (4) When discussing divisibility by 3 and 9 (p 23, 60), the concept of a digital root should have been introduced.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FP on September 11, 2010
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If you've every seen any other DK books (which all seem to be great) you know that they are visual in the way they present information. This book succinctly,and in an a interesting way, presents practical math. It is NOT a workbook filled with sample problems or a boring thick textbook written in Greek. If you are after that look elsewhere. This is more of a reference book but with math presented in a interesting and practical way. I have never seen a math book that is anything like this!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 8, 2011
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My daughter is entering sixth grade and has always struggled with math. Over the summer I picked up several books to prepare her for middle school. This book was so helpful not only to her but for me! In the years to come this will be a great guide to aid her understand math. It gives tricks that I didn't even know. So after renewing it twice from the library I ended up buying it along with What Your Sixth Grader Needs To Know by E.D. Hirsh.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alison Morrow on September 29, 2012
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I am horrible at math! This book was so easy to use. It helped me to explain to my child how to do certain problems. We had the hardest time with some of his algebra work. We looked online for help only to end up more confused then we were before. The very first time we used this book we both had the AHA moment. It is so easy to use and explains everything from simple addition to statistics. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on June 12, 2013
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I was literally stunned when I opened this book.

Sure, I expected some helpful instructions, but I never expected the Huge Print which makes it easy for children to learn how to perform the Four Functions of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.
For example, the division problems have numbers printed at least a full 1/4" tall.

I have never seen book packed with so much raw data, nor so well and colorfully illustrated.
The Price is unbelieveable. Every household should have this book. Of special interest to me were the pages of Geometric Constructions (using compass and ruler, etc.).

"A Visual Problem Solver" is a perfect subtitle for the book. Children will benefit tremendously from studying this book. Graphics are incredible.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Grossman on February 12, 2014
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|TITLE| Help Your Kids With Math
|EDITORS (include)|
· Distinguished Professor Carol Vorderman M.A., M.B.E.
· Distinguished Consultant (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry) Barry Lewis
|REVIEWER|
· Josh Grossman, Colonel {r} U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., FACP
· E-mail drjosh@embarqmail.com
· Mentor/Tutor Basic Algebra
· Mentor/Tutor United States Medical Licensure Examination III
· U.S.M.L.E. Step Three {3}
· Honors -Differential Calculus & Integral Calculus Johns Hopkins University
|BOOK FORMAT| soft cover
|BOOK Copyright| 2010
|BOOK PUBLISHER| D.K.Limited
· London
· New York
· Melbourne
· Munich
· Delhi
|BOOK PAGES| 256 pages
|BOOK ISBN| 978-0-7566-4979-1

“One cannot really argue with a Mathematical Theorem!”
Stephen Hawking

This is the book – so beautifully illustrated - that I wish I had written. Further this is the book that I wish I had-in-hand when I served as a Math Tutor/Mentor and when I studied Analytical Geometry, Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Now here follows two Mathematics Paradoxes that I learned at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland that my students have found helpful and of interest:
Paradox:
Does two equal one?
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