________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 37. . . .May 29, 2015


Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On.

Kari-Lynn Winters & Lori Sherritt-Fleming. Illustrated by Peggy Collins.
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015.
32 pp., hardcover & ePDF, $17.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55455-307-5 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-55455-863-6 (ePDF).

Subject Headings:
Mathematics-Juvenile poetry.
Children’s poetry, Canadian (English).

Kindergarten-grade 4 / Ages 5-9.

Review by Kristen Ferguson.

**** /4



Find them all.
Name and compare.
2-D shapes are everywhere.
In the wild –
Hey, why not?
Triangle tooth and
Trapezoid spot.


Math concepts are humourously and colourfully integrated into poetry for children in Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming’s picture book Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On. Numerous math concepts, including symmetry, base ten, geometry, telling time, and measurement, are in this book of short poems. For instance, the concept of counting by 2s is illustrated in the poem “Teacup Pups”. It’s teatime, and the dogs each have a different number of doggie biscuits with their tea. In the poem “Spendosaur”, Spendosaur stomps his way through a candy store buying sweets as readers learn about coins and money. The full-colour cartoonish and zany illustrations by Peggy Collins perfectly match the fun tone of the book.

internal art

Spendosaur, Spendosaur,
Hear him ROAR
Thundering down to the candy store.
He’s got money he wants to spend
On treats to share with his Spendosaur friend.
One penny buys a chocolate dipped pickle,
He orders five and pays with a nickel.

     internal artThe math concepts and the poems are best suited for children age 5 to 9. Hungry for Math would be a good selection for home libraries where parents and guardians are looking for something different than traditional stories for their collections. My children were drawn to the book’s vibrant and fun illustrations and wanted me to read the book to them right away. Hungry for Math would also make an excellent read-aloud or shared reading in the classroom setting. Teachers wanting to integrate Language Arts into Mathematics could pick and choose poems in the book as they teach a particular math concept. The poems are fun and catchy and would be excellent to reread several times over a unit of study in Mathematics.

Highly Recommended.

Dr. Kristen Ferguson teaches literacy education at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, ON.

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