Making Science Count: Math Fables Too
. Scholastic Press . NY ,
QA113.T3555 2007 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book follows up on Lessons That Count: Math Fables, published by Scholastic in 2004. Notice the pun in the title: too can also be read as II or Two as in Volume Two. Each of the ten stories here works off of a digit from 1 to 10. One male sea horse is happy to be different: he is a pregnant dad! Again, all ten stories except the first deal with numbers in terms of groups that make them up. Four herons, for example, fish first in groups of three and one but then eat the surfacing fish in groups of two and two. As in Math Fables, none of the stories is a traditional Aesopic fable, but there is regularly a little pointer to an ethical lesson at the end of each story. Thus the four herons know the secret to success/is patience, smarts, and skill! Like its predecessor, this book is enjoyable and attractive, even for adults. The illustrations are colorful, lively, humorous, and appropriate.