- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (July 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312561172
- ISBN-13: 978-0312561178
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry Paperback – July 21, 2009
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Grade 1-4–Matt and Bibi go to Egypt with their scientist parents in search of an ancient pharaoh's mummy. When the siblings are accidentally shut in the pyramid, they decide to explore. Using hieroglyphic clues, they discover that the path to the mummy is delineated by "faces," the flat surfaces of geometric solids. As they find either pictures of solid shapes or the objects themselves, the twins count the faces of the shapes and are guided through the pyramid by relating their answers to the hieroglyphic clues. They find the mummy and a map indicating the way out. Although this book attempts to provide an introduction to solid geometry, the information is not clearly presented. The colorful impressionist cartoons depict the various shapes discussed in the text, but they are not labeled. The plot itself is a stretch: before they leave for Egypt, Bibi says she hopes to learn about hieroglyphics, but as soon as she arrives there, she is expert enough to interpret complex messages. An endnote lists some good activities to help children learn about geometric solids, but the story will leave readers more confused than enlightened. Try Stuart J. Murphy's Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (HarperCollins, 2001) and Tana Hoban's Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres (Greenwillow, 2000) for better introductions to this topic.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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“The illustrations, by Bryan Langdo, are bright and clever, and there's a straightforward lesson in geometry built into the promise of Egypt. . . . very young Egyptologists will enjoy the archaeological atmosphere.” ―The New York Times Book Review
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Two kids and their dog end up trapped in a pyramid while visiting the site with their Egyptologists parents. They need to decipher the cryptic codes embedded in the wall drawing in order to find the Pharaoh's tomb and eventually the exit. The "codes" are represented by geometric solids. The story introduces different geometric solids and the concept of geometric faces in a very interesting and enticing way. Excellent book that I highly recommend. It will be read again and again and eventually paired with a set of geometric solids as well.