Item description for Math For All Seasons by Greg Tang, Gerg Tang & Gregory Tang...
Overview Unique and entertaining, a mind-bending collection of math riddles shows readers how to solve math problems in new and different ways by looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations embedded within vibrant pictures.
Greg Tang follows up the fun, innovative, New York Times bestseller GRAPES OF MATH with his second uproariously punny math book -- this time with a theme of seasons and a focus on groups of fives.
Your challenge is to find the sum
Without counting one by one
Why not count? It's much too slow --
Adding is the way to go!
Make clever groups before you start --
Then add them in a way that's smart!
MATH FOR ALL SEASONS will challenge every kid -- and every parent -- to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier, quicker, and more fun than anyone could have imagined!
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Studio: Scholastic Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.34" Width: 9.34" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Scholastic Press
ISBN 0439210429 ISBN13 9780439210423
Availability 0 units.
More About Greg Tang, Gerg Tang & Gregory Tang
Tang earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Harvard University, he also holds an M.A. in math education from New York University.
Greg Tang currently resides in Belmont, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Math For All Seasons?
Math riddles, not quite so! Nov 2, 2007
I am surprised to see so much praise in reviews posted here for a book that could so much better! To be sure, kids would be intrigued by learning from simple patterns of additions or multiplications, but the author should try more challenging problems. To wit, my seven-year old grandson did not find much of a learning tool here. Already our schools have lowered the bar; why do so in their fun-reading too?Let us try harder.
Wonderful but only for a time Apr 22, 2007
This lovely story book is filled with beautiful illustrations and rhyming poetry. Each poem gives a clue to a mystery; the math problem illustrated on the facing page. This book deals mostly with addition and subtraction, making it a useful book for kindergarten and 1st grade level children.
Once my 6 1/2 year old daughter understood how she was to figure out the math problem she began to really enjoy finding the correct answer. Just having to figure out the problem creatively was good for her. She's having a hard time in math, and so I have been looking for fun ways to help her with the subject. This book is the best one I've found so far. But now we've finished all the problems, and therein lies the problem.
Once your child has solved the mysteries there really is no reason to continue reading the book. It's hardcover and presented as a storybook - a creative solution to all the boring math workbooks out ther and the endless repetition of math equations that children find so dull. But gosh I wish it was longer or that it was a workbook. Being able to draw on the pages would really have helped my daughter figure out the problems.
Like the other reviewers I highly recommend this book. The quality is high, the illustrations are cute and the poetry lovely. But plan on giving it to friends, a local library, or your child's school after your child has solved all the problems.
Highly recommend! Sep 5, 2006
I have been waiting for any books from this series. This one is another wonderful, innovative counting book that's ready to challenge children who just start their math thinking. Each thoughtfully designed problem, posed as a riddle, and told in engaging rhyme is presented together with eye-catching and mind-stretching illustrations. No more boredom in counting the old way. The authors help kids think creatively by looking for patterns, relations and recognizing groupings. Young children will feel a real sense of accomplishment as they begin to develop the problem solving skills and tactics they'll use for the rest of their lives. With a helpful hint at the end of each rhyme to perk up the interest, and a straight forward, easy to understand answer key at the end, many kids don't even know they're working on math problems. They're just having fun!
This book is particularly useful for gifted and talented children, who are ready to learn math very early. It instills natural and intuitive math thinking without the requirement of a formal textbook learning. When later on I do need a more formal and systematic math for my gifted child, we use Beestar online GT programs at beestar.org. Similar to this book, they are innovative and thoughtful.
Overall, this book is as good as I have hoped. Highly recommend.
Beautiful Book Jun 11, 2006
This is a beautiful book, an important factor to consider when attempting to interest a child in working with numbers in general and solving equations in particular. The illustrations are eye-catching, the colours are bright, the paper is thick and glossy, and the book is a nice size for parent and child to read together at bedtime. My child has no interest in math, and I found that appealling to her more imaginative side as this book does sparked her curiosity. The method the author has used to pique children's interest in solving basic mathematical problems is creative and engaging. The reason I have given this book 4 stars rather than 5 is that after going through the book twice or three times and, more importantly, solving the problems, the book no longer held my child's interest. It has been sitting on the shelf untouched for months.
Early Number Sense Mar 26, 2006
I just went through this book with my six year old son and he absolutely loved it! It shows different ways to think of counting objects by grouping them in easy multiples. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn that there are many ways to solve a math problem, too. My son enjoyed explaining 'his way' and hearing 'my way'. It's a great book for early number sense (mental math) and has beautiful illustrations, too.