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Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning Hardcover – March 29, 2007


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Grade 1–4—Twins Matt and Bibi follow up Mummy Math (Holt, 2005) with a new archaeology/math adventure. This time they accompany their scientist parents to Peru. By interpreting patterns woven into an Inca shawl, the youngsters follow clues to the Lost City of Quwi, whose location has eluded explorers for centuries. While the story defies logic and teaches little about local culture, it might serve as an introduction to classroom activities on sequence and pattern perception. Langdo's cartoonlike illustrations adequately depict patterns to decipher but do little to enliven the narrative. In fact, Matt, Bibi, and their canine companion seem oddly static even in dangerous situations. A list of suggested activities follows the story's conclusion. Jennifer Rozines Roy and Gregory Roy's Patterns in Nature (Benchmark, 2005) reinforces math concepts in a more straightforward presentation.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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About the Author

Cindy Neuschwander is a third-grade teacher and the author of the Sir Cumference series. She lives with her family in northern California.

Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of several books for young readers. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Nikki.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079548
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MJLeesburgVA on April 22, 2010
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GREAT, GREAT BOOK! My kid and I enjoyed reading this book so much. I love this series and we own every single one of them. I hope this was available when I was growing up, it would have made learning math so much easier and enjoyable. I never mentioned to my kid that it's an educational book and that I am feeding him math this early on. He just enjoyed the story and the challenge that this intrepid duo are faced with.

As an adult, I still managed to learn something! I learned that it's easier to give patterns a name so you can remember, like a, b, c, c, and then it repeats, a,b, c, c, etc. Maybe it't not to late to teach an old dog new tricks. The "Sir Cumference" series by the same author also helped me understand some concepts that I knew, but did not fully understand. I am so glad to know that when my kid tackles these concepts in school (which is happening earlier and earlier than I ever had this level of math) we will have a whole new depth of understanding!

AWESOME book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Woman on November 28, 2011
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This is one of the best books about patterns for this age group that I've come across. Where most "math" books seem to force the storyline to fit a "lesson" about patterns, this book melds the two in an effortlessly fun and engaging way. It presents patterns as directions which must be deciphered to find a lost city, giving meaning to a math topic which is critical, but too often presented in a dry, sterile fashion. Highly recommended.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Cindy Neuschwander's PATTERNS IN PERU: AN ADVENTURE IN PATTERNING tells of the Zills family, visiting Peru to study an ancient woven tunic that is connected to a mysterious lost city. Matt and Bini would love to find the Lost City, but they have their hands full when they're separated from their parents. Only an understanding of patterns and sequences can help them get back to their parents in this whimsical, educational adventure read.
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By Maky de Armas on February 24, 2013
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This book is high interest, kid friendly and hooks the reader from the very first page. It's a refreshing spin on the age old math pattern because it makes the child think of patterns as ways to solve real life problems
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