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. Volume XXIII Number 30. . . .April 14, 2017
If this is the year that your child is going to be learning about graphs for the first time, “Get Graphing! Building Data Literacy Skills” is the series for you. These four books give an introduction to creating and using three main types of graphs for realistic situations. The books necessarily cover some of the same information as the topics are closely related, and all are laid out in the same way, making it easier to use them together. The data used in the graphs are everyday things that readers will be able to understand, things like the kinds of games a class might like to play, how a plant grows over time or food and exercise choices. There is quite a bit of information on every page, information that is divided between a text section and either illustrations or text bubbles. The graphs are represented clearly with each part labelled and explained in one or both of the types of text. All of the pictures of data and graphs are clear enough to be read and interpreted to add to understanding the topic. Each book has a table of contents, glossary and index. Another page lists a number of books and websites where more information can be found. There are also questions scattered throughout each book with the caption “Be a Data Detective!”, and all the answers are found at the back. There are many pictures on every page, some of the graphs, some cartoons, mostly of happy children participating in learning activities, and many of people in various activities including teaching and making the graphs. The subjects include a wide variety of children and some adults, an encouraging mix where most readers will find themselves represented.
These books in the “Get Graphing! Building Data Literacy Skills” series are wonderfully clear and easy to follow. Each type of graph is presented and defined well, and examples are used to make it clear that they are useful in ordinary situations. It would be better if they had included pie graphs in the types they had presented although this is not a large difficulty here. This series would make a practical addition to a classroom or school library.
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