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The Action of Subtraction (Math Is Categorical) Library Binding – June 1, 2006
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Kindergarten-Grade 4–The author has used the format of his popular Words Are CATegorical books (Millbrook) to look at mathematical functions. Subtraction is explained in rhyming text and simple, silly cartoons with excellent examples that range from angry bulldogs, hornets, and bowling pins to pieces of birthday cake, sports time-outs, and stuffed animals. The text is actually a rap that would be fun for students to memorize and perform. The illustrations are colorful and attractive, and an explanation of the equals sign is included. Despite a bit of filler at the end, this book has value in the mathematic section of libraries and will find a place in classrooms with teachers who want to appeal to a variety of learning styles.–Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI
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"This engaging romp through numbers is a lively exploration of subtraction and an irrepressible invitation to play." -- Yellow Brick Road
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What is so delightful about "The Action of Subtraction" is that it presents a mathematical concept to children with both uproarious verse and witty illustrations; these work together to bring the dreariness of math into the light in a way that completely engages my four-year-old. Together with its partner book, "The Mission of Addition," Mr. Cleary and illustrator Brian Gable have contributed a true treasure trove for two foundations of mathematic education. This math-o-phobic mom appreciates that immensely.
Again, this book is about ideas. It is not a workbook or activity book in any sense. It is not a math textbook for the pre-K - K crowd. BUT, it is the kind of book that makes great storytime reading -- whether mid-day or bedtime. My child loves these books!
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