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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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Math Fables is a great book to help with counting and beginning math.
Unlike other books that introduce kids to numbers, this book goes about it through easy to follow... Read more
This book is a great math story with rhyming, addition, and counting with animals, birds, and insects. My 3 year old loves this story and it has helped teach him simple addition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel S.
They are great books for kids! I loved this one and could read it over and over. That is really important for me and lets me know how well written a book may be.Published 9 months ago by Tosha
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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ana
This books is wonderful. It explains math in a way that is interesting and will keep your child focused. Quality product,Published 18 months ago by Amanda Leitch