This “modern multiplication primer” takes readers through various scenes in a school year, all set to the lilt of a rhyming multiplication table. From “Back to School” (the 2× tables) through “End of the Year” (the 9× tables) and plenty of moments in-between, Markel highlights the minutiae and milestones of the classroom with humor. In the chapter dedicated to the Winter Pageant, “6 × 4 is 24/ The babies cry. The parents snore,” and “6 × 5 is 30/ These risers don’t feel sturdy.” Liddiard’s accompanying spot illustrations, drawn with an expressive, inky line, convey entertaining moments throughout (“4 × 1 is 4/ Sam pukes. Sam pukes some more”). The rhymes are at times clunky, but the overall mnemonic effect remains engaging, and the book closes with a simplified multiplication chart, making this a valuable resource for the reluctant mathematician. A charming addition to any math teacher’s toolkit, and a diverting prompt for students learning their not-so-terrible times tables. Ages 6–9. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 08/01/2019 Release date: 08/01/2019 Genre: Children's
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