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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Gregory K.'s parents, older brother, and younger sister love math and talking about it, but Gregory hates it. All he wants to do is write, spend time with his friend Kelly, and eat pie. When it turns out that Kelly is moving over the summer and that she wants him to join her at Author's Camp, Gregory lurches from one misstep to another as he tries but fails to ask for permission to go to the camp. And in a desperate effort to keep from having to go to math camp instead, he volunteers for the City Math contest, which his brother has won multiple times. Along the way Gregory lies to his parents and his math teacher about loving math, and lies to Kelly about having gotten permission to go to camp, until he figures out a solution that involves poetry, Fibonacci, and telling the truth. Gregory is a reasonably sympathetic, realistic kid who keeps convincing himself that he has things under control even as they slide toward disaster. This lighthearted look at the relationship between poetry and math is fun in places, but the sometimes forced math humor and the somewhat stilted dialogue and narrative style will limit the book's audience.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Math-hater Gregory tries very hard to fit in with his math-loving family, even though what he really enjoys is writing and sharing poetry with his best friend, Kelly. His failing math scores mean that he has to spend summer at math camp, ruining his plans for the summer at author camp with Kelly. Still trying to find a way out, Gregory begins telling fibs to make those around him think that math camp is, indeed, the plan, and the ensuing mayhem caused by multiple lies creates enough action and intrigue to keep readers fully engaged. The solution to Gregory’s dilemma involves poetry designed using the Fibonacci sequence, and each chapter heading is a Fibonacci-sequence poem that forecasts Gregory’s fibs. This delightful novel introduces a resourceful and inspiring young character, and many readers will relate to Gregory’s desire for creative expression and his yearning for acceptance. Grades 4-7. --Martha Edmundson
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Here's an excerpt from the new common core standard for Grade 7 students Reading Standards on Craft and Structure:
Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
(Grade 8 asks for a comparison of two forms)
In terms of math, the theme of perceiving patterns is a nearly universal concept the is instructed in all classrooms, whether as primary instruction or as review in preparation to move on with more advanced mathematical work.
Why am I getting so technical here? I want to be clear about the connection I perceive between the value of a 'Fib' as an integrated math AND language arts feature.
The Fibonacci sequence came up in my own coursework as well as in the MS class discussion. My reaction was "Somebody MUST have written poetry or something using this sequence."
A brief internet search later yielded the author's name and a blog dated 2006. Shortly after that I came to his present-day blog and found the link for this book.
What amazing fortune it was published only a few short weeks ago! That said, it's EXACTLY the reading material I was looking for to interactively engage this MS math class in discussion about the 'dance' possibilities between math and creative verse.
To begin, Gregory K. is a completely likable protagonist who no doubt resonates as familiar to many in terms of his disdain for math...no thanks to his over-into-math family. Gregory's exploration of math usefulness and, especially connectivity to his preferred subject (writing), is a journey many, many of us have taken and many a student is currently on.
It was effortless to pull together a mini-discussion that moves from Gregory's familiar sounding math-dislike to having to keep a math journal (not just a place to store math work, but an honest to goodness journal) to actually being informed mathematically (a la Fibonacci) in producing poetry. I LOVE THIS!
I spent these first few days sharing this book with my cohort mates and math methods instructor...they all love it. Even the math-a-phobes were interested.
I don't think I could over-hype this book enough at this moment in time because I simply couldn't find anything that made the Fibonacci-verse connection AND tailored it to the mid-elementary through early MS learning crowd. I hope this book never loses its charm, but I also hope that in the years to come it gets somewhat lost in a sea of similar books that genuinely work to integrate math into the literary portions of young minds. This moves beyond simply using math as a character in YA literature, it's an honest to goodness literary device.
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