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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. A very desirable book for those math lovers out there. It is about the numbers like infinity, zero, the negatives which are the ones that can confuse and cause students taking math to become mind-boggled. It has so many interesting historical facts about math also. This question also has the potential of giving students of math a break from the traditional math. A perfect book to have handy for those struggling in math as the foundation of math. The book is set up in a very organized matter. The chapters are separated by types of math (i.e. numbers, shapes, etc.). Within each chapter is terms related to the chapter title with small phrases to help describe the term for the audience to easily understand, then goes into more detail in first person. The author's choice of writing the book in first-person, as if the author was each term, is especially intriguing. I think the manner in which the author does this helps grab the audience's attention. As the audience is the age group 10-13, I feel it will capture their attention because the information is not portrayed as a lecture to make the kids think that they have to learn from it like a school text book. This book uses characters representative of the terms to illustrate the meaning of the concept. Each concept is explained in a one-page summary which includes the definition, historical content, and examples. The preceding page shows the character that either represents the concept itself or engaged in some action that is representative of the concept. This book covers basic math concepts such as adding, subtracting, types of numbers (odd, even, prime). This would not be a book that I would use all in one class sitting. Instead, I would pick out the relevant concept and read the description during the lesson to help those students who might be more of visual learners. This book provides students with visual pictures and short one page descriptions of various math terms. The book is written in a kid-friendly way that may motivate students to study the terms. The format changes from a few quick facts, to a short first person narrative, and then back to quick historical facts. I would not read the book cover to cover with my students, but would read specified pages as an introduction to new topics in math. no reviews | add a review
References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in EnglishNone Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0753464195, Paperback)Meet Zero, a bubbly fellow who will dissolve you to nothing, and say hello to the all-action Units, who just love to measure. Get a load of greedy Multiply, a big guy who hoards numbers together, and stand amazed by mysterious Pi, who goes on and on and on . . . to Infinity! Multiply your number know-how with Basher’s unique one-stop guide to the building blocks of mathematics. Packed with top tips and memorable characters, this is an essential book for students ages 8 and up. (retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:38 -0400) Presents mathematical concepts using lively descriptions and cartoon illustrations personifying each concept. (summary from another edition) |
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There is an attached pull-out poster that summarize the entire book. The book is colorful and vibrant. Each math topic or function is illustrated and anthropomorphized. The top of the page include bulleted main points, followed by explanations and an example. The bottom of the page would have a Puzzle problem. On the opposite page would the animated drawing of the character. The language is humorous. However, I think the overuse of word play makes the language a bit difficult for me to focus on the math. A much needed index and glossary are provided at the end of the book. The index is accessible, but the glossary is overcrowded. The glossary would be more user friendly if there is spacing between entries.
The book is organized by content, ordered from simple math number theory concepts and number operations to higher math. The topics seem to follow the path of what an American student would learn from K-12 years. The table of content divides the book into major topics, with no subheadings. It does not explicitly state that the topics as Chapter headings until I flip through the book. However, each chapter is given a particular color scheme, such as teal blue for chapter 2. Small color tabs also make locating chapters easier. ( )