Nov. 16: “Math Appeal”

Today’s Picture Book Month post is dedicated to First Book. First Book just celebrated its 100-millionth book donation to children in need. I am so moved by their efforts and passion to end illiteracy. In fact, to help support their mission, That Math Lady is donating $50 for every 100 Likes we get on our Facebook page by December 1st! Let’s help give the gift of reading this holiday season!

Speaking of reading, I have another FABULOUS math picture book to share with you! Today’s book, Math Appeal, was written by Greg Tang and illustrated by Harry Briggs. (This ingenious author/illustrator team also wrote one of the books I celebrated earlier this month, The Grapes of Math. Tang also wrote Math-terpieces.)  Each page in this book poses a poetic, mathematical riddle that is brought to life with bright and crisp illustrations. All I can say is that Math Appeal is definitely appealing to teachers and students because of its imagination and creativity!

I would recommend this book for grades 1-3 since most of the riddles are additive or multiplicative in nature. And, as always, Tang has included the answers and solutions to the riddles in the back of the book. 🙂

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Tang, Greg. Math Appeal. Illustrated by Harry Briggs. Scholastic Press, New York. 2003.


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