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The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (original 1963; edition 2000)

by Norton Juster

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Title:The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
Authors:Norton Juster
Info:Chronicle Books (2000), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 80 pages

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The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster (1963)



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A classic love triangle occurs between a line, a dot, and a squiggle expressed through geometry. The line loves the dot, the dot the squiggle, and the squiggle is just a squiggle. The line tries to impress the dot by bending, curving, and forming angles. Eventually, the line wins the love of the dot by being the best line it can be. This silly book has so much more to offer than just arithmetic. It is about gaining confidence in being who you are. The illustrations are bright and vibrant which provide various mathematical expressions. This charming book is not only a math builder but a self-esteem builder as well. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Apr 19, 2016 |
This is a good example of a fantasy book because it shows the relationship between a line who is in love with a dot and the different things he has to do to prove himself worthy over a squiggle.
I would use this book when discussing where we use lines and why they are important as well as dots.
I would also use this book to talk about relationships with friends and how friendships should have a deeper meaning than just you like the games they play but that you like all your friends for who they are.
Media: Mixed
GENRE: Fantasy
  Jazmyn96 | Apr 15, 2016 |
The line admires the dot, because the dots originality. Later, the line discovers angles and realizes that it can become anything it wants to be: parallelogram, squares, triangles and more.
  alcrumpler | Jul 12, 2014 |
A love triangle between a line, a dot and a squiggle ultimately resolves in the line winning his lady, the dot. ( )
  SilverKitty | Jun 24, 2014 |
Amusing. Quite brilliant use of imagery and puns. The story of the line appealed to me the most as he persevered in making himself more than what was expected of him. The romance, on the other hand, which focused on the fickleness of the "she" was rather outdated and tedious. I'm not sure how a child would respond to this though as it seems it would be more fun for the adult. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 6, 2014 |
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For Euclid, no matter what they say.
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Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a dot.
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The endearing fable about a straight line who falls in love with a dot and sets out to win her heart away from a squiggle. A borderline classic; 70,000 sold to date!

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"Story of a distraught straight line who falls in love with a frivolous dot."

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