Monday, December 5, 2011

Mystery Math: a First Book of Algebra

Mystery Math: a First Book of Algebra
by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller
Holiday House, 2011. Unpaged. Nonfiction.

Bats, skeletons, ravens, and jack-o-lanterns help youngsters get a clue about how algebra works in this appealing new picture book. Balancing equations, using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve for the missing number, and how to make a penny balance with a clothes hanger to illustrate algebraic principles are all part of this very fun, spooky-ooky book for budding mathematicians. My only regret is that this book was not available to me when I was struggling through Mr. Banks' algebra class in the olden days.

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