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Sir Cumference and the First round Table: A Math Adventure (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Cindy Neuschwander

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Title:Sir Cumference and the First round Table: A Math Adventure
Authors:Cindy Neuschwander
Info:Scholastic Inc. (1998), Paperback, 32 pages
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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table : A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander (1997)

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This is a great story for teaching children about the circumference and perimeter of a circle. I like this story for several reasons. I like the author’s use of language and his “play on words”. He uses math language to tell the story of how the first round table came about, and was used by King Arthur and his knights at Camelot. He names the most important knight: Sir Cumference, to represent “circumference, and his wife Lady Di, to represent “diameter”. Their son is named Radius. The author names the whole family after the parts of the circle. They work together to formulate the perfect table for the knights to sit at: a circular table. When measuring the fallen tree for the table, Lady Di stands tall and is able to stretch across the whole circular trunk. This represents the diameter. Her son Radius is half her height, hence the radius of the circle. I also like the use of pictures in this story. There are a variety of pictures included throughout the story, and help the reader visualize the problems with the different tables that are created. The diamond shaped table has sharp edges and ends up poking the kind in the stomach. The images also help the reader visualize what is being done to shape the table different ways using the same pieces of wood. In order to make a square table, you must cut it in half vertically and then align the two pieces on top of each other, creating a square with four equal sides. The moral of this story is to never give up. ( )
  ndrehm1 | Apr 18, 2017 |
Great book using a modified version of Sir Author and the Round Table to introduce math concepts to children in a fun and entertaining way.
Great introduction to math concepts: shapes/parallelograms, circumference, radius, etc... This book may help reinforce these new concepts by being relatable in the story
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
I wish we'd learned mathematics with help from this series!  Effective, and fun too.  And the art is appropriately lively & clear as well. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Sir Cumference is having trouble fitting all of his knights at the table for dinner. He tries all different kinds of shapes, but his best minds eventually figure out the very best shape for the job, and the rest is history! ( )
  Davis22 | May 24, 2016 |
Clever, enjoyable, humorous, and it taught my son about Diameter, Radius, and Circumference better than weeks of instruction in public school on the topic. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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King Arthur and his knights have a royal tangle of problems. Their rectangular table is too long and their triangular table is too pointy, but they somehow must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight named Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary. Full-color illustrations.

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Assisted by his knight, Sir Cumference, and using ideas offered by his wife and son, King Arthur finds the perfect shape for his table.

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2 editions of this book were published by Charlesbridge.

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