Math is elementary

Long, Ethan The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular!
Gr. K–3    32 pp.  Holiday

In three acts, five performing duck brothers compete with one another and introduce basic math concepts by spinning plates, juggling pies, and disappearing in a box. The simple cartoony panels give the book a comic-book appearance, and humor abounds via sibling rivalry, slapstick elements, and even a flatulence joke. An appended note addresses Common Core State Standards for kindergarten mathematics.
Subjects: Mathematics; Animals—Ducks; Mathematics—Addition; Family—Siblings; Mathematics—Subtraction

Marzollo, Jean Help Me Learn Subtraction
Gr. K–3    32 pp.  Holiday

Photographs by Chad Phillips. Rhyming sentences describing equations (“10 monsters looking fine! / 1 folds down. / Still up? 9!”) help put subtraction in context for young learners. Photographs of monster finger puppets, pipe-cleaner dogs, and other trinkets illustrate each problem. A letter at book’s end connects the content with Common Core State Standards and gives parents and teachers ideas for other activities.
Subjects: Mathematics; Mathematics—Subtraction

Menotti, Andrea How Many Jelly Beans?: A Giant Book of Giant Numbers!
Gr. K–3    24 pp.  Chronicle

Illustrated by Yancey Labat. When asked how many jelly beans they would like, Emma and Aiden both start off small — then each one-ups the other, naming progressively higher numbers until they amusingly stop at one million (depicted in a poster-size gatefold). Labat’s clean digital illustrations, featuring black-and-white figures and colorful candies, break down conceptually challenging large numbers by arranging them in creative ways.
Subjects: Mathematics; Candy; Concept books—Counting books

Neuschwander, Cindy Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map: A Math Adventure
Gr. 4–6    32 pp.  Charlesbridge

Illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Cousins Per and Radius hunt for treasure by unraveling a Viking mapmaker’s clues: a series of coordinates (x, y) that pinpoint locations on the Viking’s map grid. In a rather superfluous subplot, highway robbers, channeling the Keystone Kops, chase the cousins around. Acrylic paintings with a medieval setting illustrate this introduction to coordinate (a.k.a. Cartesian) planes.
Subjects: Mathematics; Mathematics—Geometry; Maps; Treasure; Family—Cousins; Robbers and outlaws

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Addition and Subtraction
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Fractions and Decimals
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Geometry
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Multiplication and Division
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Percents and Ratios
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Wingard-Nelson, Rebecca Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Gr. 4–6    104 pp.  Enslow

Ace Your Math Test series. Each reference book provides explanations, definitions, examples with step-by-step solutions, samples of various question types with answers, and test-taking hints for twenty-four sequential mathematical procedures/operations. With only four pages and two test questions dedicated to each skill, the series is not intended for thorough practice and drill but offers a useful refresher. Multiple design elements make the content digestible, even for the math-phobic. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Mathematics; Mathematics—Addition; Mathematics—Subtraction; Mathematics—Fractions; Mathematics—Decimals; Mathematics—Geometry; Mathematics—Multiplication; Mathematics—Division; Mathematics—Percents; Mathematics—Ratios; Mathematics—Algebra

From the September 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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