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A Very Improbable Story: A Math Adventure (2008)

by Edward Einhorn

Other authors: Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

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Waking up one morning to find a talking cat on his head, Ethan is informed that the cat will not leave until he - Ethan - wins a game of probability.
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This book is great for introduction probability to help them prepare for the statistics class. I enjoyed the book because it had the main character go through different types of examples of probability. It is also quirky and some kids may find that enjoyable to read. ( )
  Kym23 | Mar 25, 2021 |
Another great one by Author Edward Einhorn.

This one introduces us to Ethan who wakes up one morning to find a strange cat perched atop his head. The cat's name is Odd and the only way he will agree to hop off of Ethan's head to is Ethan agrees to play a game with him. A game of probability. Ethan must be able to do something improbable because if he can't Odd's is there to stay and Ethan will miss his big soccer game.

This is a great book if you're looking to get your kids interested in the concept of probability. Probability is something that kids can struggle with but Odd's and Ethan help you see it in your everyday life making it more interesting and relatable. I even really liked the illistrations. ( )
  NickiByrd | Mar 18, 2021 |
When Ethan woke up, there was something strange on his head. Odds the cat loves probability, and then the only way he'd get off Ethan's head if he won a probability game. This is a fun book for students that introduces them to the concept of probability. I give this book 5-stars because you could make the book interactive by having your students play some of the same probability games that Odds made Ethan. ( )
  jmn055 | Apr 6, 2020 |
A higher-level book on probability and odds. There is good terminology throughout that make sense in the context of the story. In a nice blend of math terminology and rich story-telling language Einhorn manages a helpful, but also enjoyable story. For younger students with an interesting this story could prove valuable for exploring ideas like odds, fractions, and the likelihood of an outcome. Ethan, the narrator, explains what he is doing and the idea of probability to his younger sister, helping illustrate the idea in a clever way. You could perform some of the same probability experiments or games that the narrator attempts to get the cat off his head. ( )
1 vote fsgiamba | May 5, 2019 |
This story was entertaining because it was about a boy who woke up with a cat on top of his head. He was trying to find ways to get the cat off his head, but the only way to get the cat off his head was agreeing to play a game of probability with it. It also teaches a difficult concept. ( )
  JuanCunningham | Sep 11, 2018 |
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To my niece, Felicia Abigail: Just born, but I believe the probability you will be lovable, beautiful, and brilliant is very, very high--E. E.
For David and Ian--A. G.
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