Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
Mind-stretching Brain Food

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Readers who have graduated from THE GRAPES OF MATH will find new, more advanced math challenges.

Greg Tang is back with his bestselling approach to addition and subtraction: problem solving. By solving challenges that encourage kids to "group" numbers rather than memorize formulas, even the most reluctant math learners are inspired to see math in a whole new way! Math Potatoes is full of Tang and Briggs' trademark humor, wit, and extraordinary creativity. Tang has proven over and over that math can be fun, and this new addition to his acclaimed series of mind-stretching math riddles is sure to be another hit.
 

About Greg 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 Scholastic Press. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. 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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/ 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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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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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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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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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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