One of the reasons I love picture books is because, unlike instructional texts and novels, text can float freely around a page and still have meaning. And it is only in a picture book that mathematical diagrams and charts become illustrations and illustrations become diagrams and charts. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller, has a unique combination of narrative, instructional and illustrative text on every page, ensuring that the reader learns in a variety of ways.
Adler and Miller’s picture book creatively ties a real-world scenario (a county fair) with the math concepts of fractions, decimals, and percents. The reader is taken through the fair – from our favorite, the pie-eating contest, to the prize-winning booth – and shown how fractions, decimals, and percents are all easily converted!
This book is so amazing, that it is listed on That Math Lady’s “Terrific Books on Math” (http://thatmathlady.com/math_resources/blogs_and_books). I highly recommend this picture book for students who need just one more demonstration of how to convert these abstract quantities or for anyone who wants a cute and enjoyable book to read!
Adler, David A. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. Illustrated by Edward Miller. Holiday House, 2010.