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. Volume XXIII Number 3. . . .September 23, 2016
Here we are again, back with mathematics and an array of real world situations. Crabtree has added four new books to the “Go Figure!” math series. These new books add a wide variety of places where math can be used as well as some additional math topics. Each book is laid out as a journey with a number of missions. Each mission presents a math concept and has a ‘Go Figure!’ area with a quiz about that math idea. Answers to all the questions are at the back of the book along with a glossary of the terms used. The final page has websites where further information can be found and an index of math topics. These books are genuine math reference works for young people. Math is made more interesting by joining each concept to an area of life, such a sports, ocean life or computer games. Each mission is given two pages, with the left page providing the math idea connecting it to a situation while the right page may contain more information and always has a quiz or practice area. The pages are colourful and often have photographs relating to the place or activity described. This series of books covers a wide range of interesting topics to draw children into the math. There is something here for every student to enjoy: race car driving, shipwrecks, sharks and whales, Stonehenge, waterfalls and the Burj Khalifa, windsurfing and motocross. The math topics are also varied, including basics like numbering and also graphing, surface area and solving equations. For a different audience, Sports is a topic that can often be ignored in children’s literature, but some “out-there” sports are included in The “Go Figure!” series continues to offer interesting and engaging subjects to draw readers into a broad selection of math topics. These books are a welcome addition to math reference collections for young people. The great range of approaches and locations used in this series can be used to interest students who are drawn to other subject areas into the math that is involved. A single math topic may appear in more than one book in the series while each presents a different aspect of the idea. The math presented in these books is very real and related to the concepts that readers will see in class. The material presented is good and useful although the student will still require access to further information on each topic in order to fully understand the material. The math ideas are scattered throughout the books with little regard for the difficulty of the concepts involved and can only be found by searching the entire book or using the index at the back as only the locations of the missions are given in the table of contents. There are also hints of the math on the cover of each book: a pressure gauge, protractor, triangles or table of values suggest the math contents. This can make it difficult for students to find the appropriate topic although it can also pull their interest into the location where they are presented with the math topic.
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