Now What? A Math Tale
Robie H. Harris
Candlewick Press. 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Dog has found a pile of wooden blocks scattered on the floor, and he decides to make a bed with them for himself and his teddy. But the first block – “1,2,3,4 corners; 1,2,3,4 straight lines; 2 are long. 2 are short. This is a rectangle” – is too short and too skinny for him so he starts to investigate the other blocks to see how he can combine them to meet his needs.
A companion to Crash! Boom! A Maths Tale, this is a charming story that explores shapes and dimensions in a way that will inspire young readers to do the same. Maths is not a stand-alone subject all about abstract signs and symbols, operations and knowing BODMAS. Rather it is about problems, processes and products that permeate our everyday world, just like Dog discovers when he tries to make himself a bed and Elephant, a tower.
Combine either or both of these books with a box of blocks (perhaps scrounged from your local hardware store) and you have the perfect gift for a young person that combines reading, maths and learning all in one.