As editor of SB&F I am always on the lookout for new, interesting and unique science books to share with our readers. I’d like to say that I am pretty successful at uncovering little known science books, having them reviewed, and publishing those reviews as quickly as possible. But once and awhile I miss one. Or nearly miss one, as is the case with a book that was recently brought to my attention (thanks to my friends at Science magazine’s Books et al column!). This gem of a little book is called You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters by Richard Evan Schwartz. The book was published in February of this year by the science and technology publishers A. K. Peters Ltd. This neat counting book visually explores the concepts of factoring and the role of prime and composite numbers. The playful and colorful monsters are designed to give children an understanding of the building blocks of numbers and the basics of multiplication. The book is great for all ages, including adults, all you really need to know in order to enjoy and benefit from the book is how to multiply whole numbers together, like 2 and 3. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection! See a full review of the book in the July issue of SB&F.
A few other recommended math books reviewed by SB&F:
101 Things Everyone Should Know about Math (Science, Naturally, 2010)
Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Holiday House, 2010)
Great Estimations (Henry Holt, 2006).
Greater Estimations (Henry Holt, 2008)
Great Graph Contest (Holiday House, 2005)
Uno's Garden (Harry N. Abrams, 2006)
10 Jun 2010 6:51 AM