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AdBåge, Emma  Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kids Can

In this Swedish import, two dozen or so simple activities, organized seasonally, are designed to reinforce basic mathematical concepts (counting, shapes, etc.); unpretentious vignettes feature children happily engaged in the tasks at hand. Many of the activities are somewhat pedestrian (“How many snowballs can you make in 1 minute?”), but they will provoke thought and, equally valuably, get kids out of the house.
Subjects: Mathematics; Nature; Shapes; Seasons

Goldstone, Bruce  I See a Pattern Here
Gr. K–3     32 pp.      Holt

By pointing out patterns in many disparate things, from honeycombs through beads, tires, and tiles of the Alhambra, Goldstone encourages readers to contemplate the world through an interesting lens. “MathSpeak” sidebars explain geometric terms, such as reflection for flipping a design. Photos and sharp graphics in bright colors illustrate dozens of patterns that nicely expand the minimal but effective text. Pattern-making ideas are appended.
Subjects: Mathematics; Patterns

Gow, Mary  The Great Philosopher: Plato and His Pursuit of Knowledge
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow

Gow, Mary  The Great Thinker: Aristotle and the Foundations of Science
Middle school, high school     128 pp.    Enslow

Hightower, Paul  The Father of Geometry: Euclid and His 3-D World
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow

Great Minds of Ancient Science and Math series. These dry but useful biographies explain their subjects’ contributions during their own times, then discuss the men’s later influence — or limitations, as with Euclidian geometry. Carefully documented facts are distinguished from legend and augmented with contextual material, such as information about Socrates in Plato and Aristotle. Captioned photos and a few diagrams illustrate the texts; brief activity sections are appended. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Egypt, Ancient; Mathematics—Geometry; Euclid; Scientists; Plato; Greece, Ancient; Philosophy; Aristotle

Marsico, Katie  Fitness Math
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Lerner

Marsico, Katie  Garden Math
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Lerner

Marsico, Katie  Money Math
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Lerner

Marsico, Katie  Weather Math
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Lerner

Math Everywhere! series. Challenging multi-step word problems center on practical topics — fitness, gardening, money, weather — with scenarios and questions that are livelier than typical word-problem fare. Hints offer formulas, unit conversions, and suggestions for rounding, but more substantive problem-solving strategies are not suggested or demonstrated. Well-chosen stock photos are included, and detailed answers are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Mathematics; Mathematics—Word problems; Physical fitness; Exercise; Gardens and gardening; Money; Moneymaking projects; Finance, Personal; Weather

McCallum, Ann  Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Charlesbridge

Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez. McCallum makes difficult math concepts more accessible by bringing them into the kitchen. Recipes ranging from easy to complex yield foods in shapes and sizes that can be manipulated to illustrate math ideas (e.g., tortillas are cut into halves, thirds, etc., to better visualize fractions). Illustrations star exuberant and goofy bunny chefs. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Cookery and Nutrition; Mathematics; Food; Animals—Rabbits

From the May 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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