FICTION

Pigeon Math

The Innovation Pr. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781943147625.
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Gr 1-2–An unnamed narrator attempts to tell a story about pigeons. However, the number of birds keeps changing owing to different scenarios such as the presence of rain, insects, and even a cat. The story is told with a realistic, relatable tone and contains some simple math. “Let’s see…eight minus six is…two. OK, so one gray and rainy morning, TWO resourceful pigeons…” The illustrations are done in a playful and lively cartoon style. Lines are constantly used in this book’s illustrations to represent various forms of movement. The story builds suspense as the scenarios change in unpredictable ways. The passing of time is communicated through changes in daylight and weather conditions, and the reactions and subsequent expressions of the book’s characters are a hoot.
VERDICT A fun way to introduce young children to mathematical principles.

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