Math For All Seasons by Gregory Tang
Mind-Stretching Math Riddles

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Greg Tang follows up the fun, innovative, New York Times bestseller GRAPES OF MATH with his second uproariously punny math book -- this time with a theme of seasons and a focus on groups of fives.

Your challenge is to find the sum
Without counting one by one
Why not count? It's much too slow --
Adding is the way to go!
Make clever groups before you start --
Then add them in a way that's smart!
MATH FOR ALL SEASONS will challenge every kid -- and every parent -- to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier, quicker, and more fun than anyone could have imagined!
 

About Gregory Tang

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Tang earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Harvard University, he also holds an M.A. in math education from New York University. Briggs serves as Editorial Director of Sage Publications, Inc.
 
Published July 1, 2005 by Perfection Learning. 17 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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/ They know that aiming high in life / leaves nothing out of reach!”) adds enough nuance and content to reward any number of subsequent re-readings.

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A Monet water lily painting is accompanied by several groups of water lilies, and instructions to “Try grouping LILIES to make 8, / FOUR smart ways would be just great!” Dalí’s Persistence of Memory is accompanied by a verse entitled “Time Warp,” which includes these lines: “Is it a dream or is i...

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Opposite digitally worked, color-coded arrays of anywhere from 30 to 148 stars, sea shells, spiders, pickles, the titular potatoes, playing cards and the like, his verses open with a pair of lively introductory couplets, set the problem with a third, then suggest an approach in the fourth: “Can y...

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This genuinely clever math book uses rhyming couplets and riddles, as well as visual cues to help the reader find new ways to group numbers for quick counting.

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/ Instead of counting one by one, / Just subtract and you’ll be done.” (An answers and explanations page is included.) Tang’s counterintuitive examples are less successful, as in counting raindrops in a rainbow by counting them within the arc of each color group rather than in the more obvious, a...

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Although these math riddles can be fun, there is a major discrepancy between the character of the book and the age group it is intended for.

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Move over, worksheets and pencils! The team behind The Grapes of Math once again proves that posing number problems through verse and vivid pictures is a powerfu

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Each riddle offers a clue that nudges readers to look at the problem creatively the aforementioned ""Large Pizza to Go!,"" for instance, hints, ""Please don't count them, it's too slow,/ This hot pie was made to go!/ Let me give you some advice,/ Just do half and count it twice,"" while another ...

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for example, ""April Showers"" features a Renoir painting titled The Umbrellas, and asks readers to group different numbers of umbrellas to make nine.

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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"").

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Each poem poses a "how many" question about the accompanying picture of seasonal items, from acorns and hatching chicks to dandelions and icicles.

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