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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780439453998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439453998
  • ASIN: 0439453992
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1--Complete with catchy titles such as "Trying Times," "Midnight Snack," and "Gone with the Wind," each brief fable told in rhyme ends with a moral. Except for some suggested activities at the end, there are no math problems or puzzles to solve. Rather, the author strives to help readers learn how to see a number as a combination of smaller groups of numbers in order to lay "the foundation for place value" and as a "first step to building strong computational skills." The text and perky, computer-generated cartoons show youngsters that there are many different ways of putting numbers together. For example, in "Going Nuts," four squirrels frolic in autumn leaves until they realize they need provisions for winter. One begins to explore while three sit on a branch, frightened with worry. Next, "2 squirrels raced to gather nuts" while "the other 2… buried them in stashes underground." Finally, "all 4 slept very well that night,/no longer feeling scared./They learned it's wise to plan ahead/and always be prepared!" Cahoon keeps the different combinations together by enclosing them in ovals, visually emphasizing that although the groupings may look different, they still add up to four. Featuring words like "sultry," "wholeheartedly," and "procrastinate," the enriching vocabulary is an added bonus. A fine addition to math shelves.--Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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PreS-Gr. 1. As he did in Math Appeal [BKL F 15 03], Tang introduces children to the wonders of grouping numbers. Each "fable" tells a rhyming story in a two- or four-page spread, with each setup more complex than the last. One of the first fables tells of two young birds. One bird takes wing and hits the ground, and the other one falls from the sky and nearly drowns. When the birds practice together, however, they both learn to fly. In another story, 10 beavers leave for work, regrouping and reorganizing their numbers all day. A final page offers ideas to help more accelerated learners combine groups of numbers in various ways. The bright, shiny artwork, executed on a computer, sometimes appears literally rough around the edges, but the target audience will like the illustrations' happy cartoon look. Like Tang's other books, this will engage children, who may not even realize they are learning. Ilene Cooper
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More About the Author

Greg Tang earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Harvard University and an M.A. in math education from New York University. Greg Tang has taught students of all ages, from kindergarten to college, and has used his problem-solving methods to create successful products and companies across many industries. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his three children. Greg's web address is www.gregtang.com.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brita on August 10, 2005
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Greg Tang's books are splendid for children of many ages. As a former math professor, math tutor and grandmother, I have used Tang's books with 5, 6, 7, and 10-year olds. They are teaching real mathematics, not just counting.

In "Math Fables" a young child understands a number as an amount but also as made up of other numbers. For example, the number 4 is seen as composed of 3 and 1 or 2 and 2. This is the beginning of good mathematics understanding.

Brita Immergut

Professor Emerita, LaGuardia Community College,CUNY

Author of: "How to Help Your Child Excel in Math"

"Master Math: Solving Word Problems"

"Arithmetic and Algebra....Again"
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2004
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I had a very hard time finding a counting book that would help me teach 1st graders that numbers are made up of other numbers. This book gives you great poems that are perfect for the exploration of numbers 1-10. The poems are short, descriptive, and beautifully illustrated. With all the math "counting" books out there I know it is difficult to decide which one to choose, but this book is a definite must have! If you are looking to develop early number sense with children and early concepts of grouping then this is the perfect book. This book definitely addresses NCTM standards.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Tam on July 28, 2004
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Math Fables is another great book by Greg Tang! I love the easy flow of this book, the vibrant illustrations that capture the students' attention, but more so, I love the fact that it shows students that math is all around us. This book is ideal for the target age group as an introduction to a lesson or for pleasure reading. My students loved it! A must have for any primary teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Green on March 20, 2014
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This book is wonderful. Scholastic never let me down. I bought this book for my son when he started to learn counting. There are more than ten fables in the book. Each fable has a kind of cute animal and an inspiring story. For example, the story of two birds tells that "sometimes the most important thing in life is just to fly", and four squirrels say that "it's wise to plan ahead and always be prepared". These are all great stories that kids need to learn. My son really loved the stories while he enjoyed learning counting.

I found this book in the reference list of Beestar, a very good learning website for kids. There are other math books written by Greg Tang. I really recommend his math books for kids. His books aim at making math fun and giving kids a head start in math that will last a life time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stitch in Time on November 23, 2008
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Math Fables by Greg Tang is a great book to help kids understand the quantative value of numbers as opposed to just the sequential place of numbers (i.e. 1,2,3,. . .). My 2 grandsons look at numbers differently now. This book took some of the mystery away - they get it. They understand that 5 is 5-ones, or can be 2 groupings of numbers such as 1 and 4, 2 and 3. . .1+4, 2+3. Since we use math everyday in numerous ways, it's good to keep young minds open to explore numbers. Knowledge of how numbers work help to keep learning blocks at bay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mommyofchristopher on September 27, 2005
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This is exactly what my 1st grader is learning in school. 3 and 7 makes 10, etc. Very cute and beautifully illustrated book.
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By ana on June 25, 2014
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I read and reread this with my 6 year old. It gives me lots of chances to teach simple addition (up to 10). The pictures are charming and entertain him. We make up stories about the different groupings of animals/insects.
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By Amanda Leitch on February 11, 2014
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This books is wonderful. It explains math in a way that is interesting and will keep your child focused. Quality product,
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