Math Fables

Greg Tang, Author, Heather Cahoon, Illustrator Scholastic Press $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-439-45399-8
A number of spring picture books add to popular series. Continuing to make arithmetic fun, Math Fables by Greg Tang, illus. by Heather Cahoon, offers 10 rhymes about animals that teach a life lesson while demonstrating basic addition. For the number seven, ""Gone with the Wind"" traces the path of monarch butterflies to Mexico, using every possible combination of addends (5+2; 6+1; etc.): ""Their journey would be very far,/ a thousand miles or more./ The monarchs flew both day and night/ in groups of 3 and 4."" In addition, Tang extends readers' vocabulary (""albeit,"" ""prudent,"" ""sultry""). Cahoon's computer-generated illustrations once again bring personality and charm to the animals and settings.
Reviewed on: 03/01/2004
Release date: 03/01/2004
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