Item description for The Best Of Times by Greg Tang...
Overview Simple rhymes offer hints on how to multiply any number by zero through ten without memorizing the multiplication tables.
Publishers Description NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Greg Tang takes on the times tables, teaching kids innovative ways to multiply numbers and derive answers WITHOUT memorization. Four is very fast to do when you multiply by 2. Here's a little good advice -- please just always double twice BEST OF TIMES gives kids an intuitive understanding of multiplication, encouraging them to arrive at answers on their own rather than memorizing the times tables. A child who can multiply by two, for instance, can multiply by four and even eight Likewise, times six builds on times two and times three.With his common-sense approach, Greg Tang encourages kids to solve problems creatively, building both their skills and their confidence.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Best Of Times by Greg Tang has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 257
Kirkus Review - Children - 07/15/2002 page 1045
PW Notes and Reprints - 08/19/2002 page 92
School Library Journal - 09/01/2002 page 218
Booklist - 11/01/2002 page 502
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 126
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 15
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 126
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 192
Publishers Weekly - 08/19/2002
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Studio: Scholastic Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.28" Width: 9.38" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2002
Publisher Scholastic Press
ISBN 0439210445 ISBN13 9780439210447
Availability 0 units.
More About Greg 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 The Best Of Times?
Cute book, but not for someone who has already mastered multiplication May 21, 2008
I love Greg Tang's books and his ability to take a subject like math and make it fun, fun, fun. I got this book for my son without seeing it first, and I hoped it was going to be like his other books that make the child solve problems. That is not the case with this book. Instead, this is a book that teaches you tricks to learn how to multiply, number by number, from zero through 10. I have to agree with the review (2 star) from the person who thought that some of the concepts he provided for solving math problems was a bit more complicated than it needed to be. My son, who already knows multiplication, found his suggestions for multiplying by 6's and 8's was way more cumbersome and confusing than it should be. I think this is a great book for a child who is just learning multiplication, but I would not recommend it for someone who knows the subject well. As usual, he does use fun rhymes, and the artwork in the book is fabulous.
Outstanding Jan 11, 2007
This book has help my six year old understand the concept of multiplication. Thank you so much!!!
The BEST way to teach math Oct 22, 2005
Half of me wants to praise Gregory Tang for doing what so needed to be done. He has shown how to do math what I call "the easy way", the way great mathematical brains do it. Not only has he made books that teach math how it should be taught, and exposes those boring heavy school books as just that, but he has put it in an amusing form - a geneous in litterature as well as math! The other part of me is like "oh, no! he let the secret out" now people will no longer marvel at my great math ability. After understanding all his books, any child could rival my ability in math, that used to keep my peers in awe! Math is all about relationships, relationships of numbers. No, he doesn't suggest ways to memorize something just to "get the right answer", he truely makes just the right delicate mixture of encourageing and not getting in the way (that great teachers know), to provide the perfect environment for them to figure out and explore the relationships of numbers themselves. Beautiful.
Math and Literature is a Great Mix Jul 21, 2005
Greg Tang has done it again, combining literature with mathematics and giving a concrete concept of multiplication with pictures and rhyme. A great introduction to multiplication.
The Best Of Times - A Wonderful Resource! Oct 23, 2002
As a teacher, this book is a wonderful resource because it does not promote the memorization of multiplication facts, but rather it teaches the reader to problem solve and that there are different ways to approach a problem. As the title suggests, it is full of 'strategies' - when students attempt a mathematical problem of any sort, you want them to have a bank of strategies to draw from. This book is ideal for that. My students enjoyed the playful rhymes, almost musical in a way, as well as the bright, vibrant illustrations of all of Tang's books. Tang has a wonderful way of making math "make sense" for kids. Two thumbs up!