Monday, March 06, 2006

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving
Written by Greg Tang
Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
June 2003, Scholastic Press
32 Pages

This is a fun book that combines math with art appreciation in a very inventive way. Each 2-page layout has a well-know work of art with a tidbit about the author. The book's illustrator uses a special feature from the painting to challenge the reader in counting and grouping skills.

For example, on the "Good Impressions" page, Van Gogh's painting White Water Lilies is there along with Paprocki's groups of lily pads drawn in Van Gogh's style. Tang then challenges the reader to "group lily pads to "make 8, four smart ways would be just great."

It can be shared with a preschooler to teach simple counting skills or with a grade school child to teach grouping or problem solving.

Other Titles by Greg Tang:
The Grapes of Math
Math for All Seasons
The Best of Times
Math Appeal
Math Fables
I have not yet reviewed all of these titles. Check your library first.

To learn more, visit Greg Tang's author website,

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