The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos By Deborah Heiligman

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Back of Book:

Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made “Uncle Paul” a great man.

My Review:

In honor of Pi Day I wanted to read a story that was about math. This was easier said than done. Then I found The Boy Who Loved Math. This is a well written story about one brilliant man’s love of all things mathematical.  The story follows the Paul Erodos from the ag of 4 to his death. It discusses his love of numbers and creating equations. It also discusses the issues that he faced with completing simple tasks like buttering his bread. My students enjoyed learning about a man who loved numbers so much.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages



See Inside Math by Alex Frith


Back of Book: Lift the flaps in this amazing book to discover just how fascinating math can be

My Review: If you have never heard of the Usborne Book Co then please google it and fall in love with these amazing teaching resources. The See Inside Math book has 86 flaps for students to look through and each one asks a different mathematical question.  It has a Table of Contents in the front that explains what is inside the book. This book has an explanation of math and the different symbols that math uses.  This is a fun and colorful book that I believe children will not only learn from but also enjoy.

Ages 8 and up

16 Pages.


Spaghetti and Meatballs for All By Marilyn Burns


Back of Book: Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests–with their own seating plans

My Review: I am a huge fan of the Scholastic Book Co. I think they do an excellent job of publishing stories that are fun but also teach children something important. Math can be a tricky subject and reading children a fiction story can help them learn different mathematical skills. This story does a good job of explaining area in a way that students can enjoy and relate to. The tables that the guests sit at are rearranged so that all the people have a place to sit. In the end there is plenty of room for every person to sit and enjoy the spaghetti and meatball dinner.

6 years and up

40 Pages