Crash! Boom! A Maths Tale
Robie H. Harris
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Elephant is building a tower with his blocks. He wants it to be as tall as he is and while he just manages it on his first attempt with four blocks stacked on their edges, it’s very wobbly! CRASH! BOOM! Down it tumbles.
After throwing an elephant-sized tanty, using all sorts of maths-related words, he has another look and another try. This time he tries the same blocks, but flat this time… 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8! And is stands until he crash booms it himself. And then he looks at the other blocks in his tub…
Far from being a stand-alone subject in the curriculum that brings out the moans and groans, we are surrounded by maths concepts and even our youngest readers will enjoy this story as the illustrations are so evocative, the text is just a bonus! Exploring 3D shapes; which stack, which don’t; counting the blocks as they are added and thinking about why one tower took 4 and the other 8; using the language of comparison and building towers that are as tall as, taller than, shorter than other objects; even the dexterity and eye-hand co-ordination involved in the stacking – there is a wealth of activity in this seemingly simple book.
Perfect for keeping the preschooler occupied for hours without a screen and learning at the same time!