Math-terpieces by Greg Tang
The Art of Problem-Solving

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Greg Tang challenges kids to solve problems creatively while introducing art history.

In his most ground-breaking book since THE BEST OF TIMES (Fall 2002), Greg Tang underscores the importance of four basic rules in problem-solving. Keeping an open mind, looking for unusual number combinations, using multiple skills (like subtracting to add) and looking for patterns, will guarantee any child success in math. In MATH-TERPIECES, Tang continues to challenge kids with his innovative approach to math, and uses art history to expand his vision for creative problem-solving.
 

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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.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Science & Math, Education & Reference.

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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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/ 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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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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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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Greg Tang presents the fifth book in the series begun with The Grapes of Math, Math-terpieces, illus. by Greg Paprocki. Under a reproduction of a well-known painting, a rhyming text gives informati

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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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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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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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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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The six becomes a group of 4 and 2, a group of 5 and 1, and finally two groups of 3.

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