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Brown Paper School book: Math for Smarty Pants Paperback – April 30, 1982
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Text, illustrations, and suggested activities offer a common-sense approach to mathematic fundamentals for those who are slightly terrified of numbers.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 4/30/1982
- Pages: 128
- Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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The cartoons got me. Plenty of illustrations and a fun topic kept me through Chapter One. From that time onwards, I have been a Math Smarty Pants. In fact, I wound up a student of a mathematical science at the university level. In large part, I blame this book.
The best reason to buy this book for a child you know: whether they are ahead of the pack, or struggling to stay afloat in mathematics, this book will stimulate interest in mathematics, leading to better grades. It can't help but do so.
I would agree with a previous reviewer who commented that this is not a book to just hand over to a child to do by themselves. There is significantly more value in working through this with an adult, to discuss the problems/ideas/challenges. (Isn't that true of most 'educational' texts?) I doubt my daughter would've given it a second glance had I not read through it with her.
We have an earlier copy of this book purchased at a used book sale, not the current edition. I did not purchase it through Amazon. I came onto Amazon today looking for similar books to purchase, and felt positively enough about the book to want to leave a review. I give it four stars instead of five simply because I do think it requires an adult to participate for full value.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a boost in math. I was a poor math student, and this book re-instilled my faith in myself on the subject. It also might be helpful to teachers who need extra activities for students who get through their homework quickly.