Three of Scieszka and Smiths classic tales which work in fun science and math lessons are now available in these deluxe, limited-edition paperbacks, each featuring French flaps. Full color.Three of Scieszka and Smiths classic tales which work in fun science and math lessons are now available in these deluxe, limited-edition paperbacks, each featuring French flaps. Full color.Read Less
Perfect for that grade schooler who is not sure about her fondness for math. This beautiful book captures the sentiment perfectly. Recommended to me by a fellow teacher math curse travels that fine line between nerd and cool and never relents. Just like a child would. Perfect for late elementary school.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-09-11 Whew! This latest whimsical work from Scieszka and Smith (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Stinky Cheese Man) is bound to stretch out the old thinking cap. The day after her teacher announces, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem," the narrator is afflicted with a ``math curse'' that affects how she views every facet of her day (``Everything seems to be a problem''). A minimum of the questions she asks herself are entirely logical ("How many quarts are in a gallon?''); some are far-fetched extrapolations (if an M&M is about one centimeter long and the Mississippi River is about 4000 kilometers long, how many M&Ms would it take to measure the length of this river?); and a happily hefty number are sheer nonsense: "I undo 8 buttons plus 2 shoelaces. I subtract 2 shoes. I multiply times 2 socks and divide by 3 pillows to get 5 sheep, remainder 1, which is all I need to count before I fall asleep." Like the text, Smith's wonderfully wacky collage-like art will give readers ample food for thought-even if it's part junk food. Here's a morsel: "Does tunafish + tunafish = fournafish?" Kids will want seconds-count on it. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
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