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How To Be a Math Wizard

DK. (Careers for Kids). May 2020. 144p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781465493033.
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Gr 2-5–This accessible and colorful collection of math activities focuses more on concepts than calculation. A range of upper elementary topics is covered: fractions, probability, and measurement conversions. The activities are imaginative and will be of interest to the intended age group. For example, a fruit abacus demonstrates place value and a toy car race encourages measurement. The text also includes the contributions of a diverse selection of STEM professionals. This book cannot be considered a workbook that will reliably teach math concepts, and it would not necessarily be a pleasure read for children. However, with guidance, it will likely stimulate interest and conceptual understanding in many young readers.
VERDICT This is a book of fun math activities that will appeal to teachers, homeschoolers, and independent young readers with an interest in mathematics.

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