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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On. Written by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming, with illustrations by Peggy Collins. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015. $ 18.95 ages 5 and up

"He was hungry for math,
always ready to munch.
Math for his breakfast,
math for his lunch.

He'd pig out on pie charts
and bar graphs galore,
binge on skip-counting,
and still ask for more."

In their second poetic collaboration (following aRHYTHMetic, 2009), Ms. Winters and Ms. Sherritt-Fleming put the emphasis on math and number concepts that include shapes, patterns, counting, symmetry, estimating, and measuring time.

It's full of fun with numbers and sure to please both teachers and their students with rousing rhythms and a connection to the math that is a part of everyday life. Patterns in the sounds of music, 2-D shapes seen everywhere we look, fifty rot-TEN dragons hiding in five groups of ten, and the symmetry in the shape of a bee are all incorporated into lively, rhythmic language sure to make enjoyable reading and learning in math class.

The Balanced Bee

Three circles, tall not wide.
Six legs - three per side.
Two plus two wings, on its back.
Bands of yellow, white and black.
Compound eyes to spy the view.
Antennae, not one - always two.
Now fold your paper.
It's plain to see.
Bees are balanced.
It's symmetry!"

So, fire up the math and get munching.

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