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Roman Numerals I to MM: Liber De Difficillimo Computando Numerum Paperback – September 24, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
"The porcine stars of Pigs from 1 to 10 teach kids to do as the Romans do in this numerical excursion," said PW in a starred review. "Geisert's detailed etchings reward extended perusal. A great lesson in Roman numerals, this book scores a certain X." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3?Children who learned their numbers from Geisert's Pigs from 1 to 10 (Houghton, 1992) can now move on to trickier fare with the author's latest offering. If there's one thing this book has, it's pigs-MMMDCCCLXIV of them. In addition to lots of useful information about Roman numerals (such as how to subtract a smaller number if it is before a larger one, and add it if it is after), the artist creates a lively learning experience by featuring picture puzzles in which children must count the pigs to determine the value of a numeral. This process is fairly straightforward for I, V, and X, but becomes downright hilarious for L, C, D, and M. The joyful, squealing menagerie continues from page to page, adding and dropping companions in a numeric frenzy. The searches become more challenging as the book progresses, prompting readers to find (in addition to XXXVII pigs) XIX trees or XXVIII fence posts. There is plenty of visual detail for early-elementary age children to pore over, and Geisert is careful to be methodical and predictable in his examples (though he is appropriately mysterious when it comes to more involved scenes). This book might do for Roman numerals (and for pigs) what Carmen Sandiego did for geography: highlight the spontaneous humor and enjoyment in an unrightfully maligned topic.?Jennifer Fleming, Boston Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Patti the Crosspatch Pig :@)
This is a book you can read again and again and see something new each time. And of course the more you read it, the better you learn Roman numerals! My 7 and 10 year olds can now read any Roman numeral (like the dates at the end of movie credits) almost instantly, and I doubt they'll ever forget them thanks to this very clever book. We LOVE it!
It shows how to construct Roman numerals.
For another book that is not QUITE this entertaining, try Fun with Roman Numerals. I love Edwad Miller's illustrations.