Crown Books for Young Readers
It's a great introduction to numbers for little ones with emphasis on how they are in pretty much EVERYTHING we do, every day, without being scary. How is math scary? Well, pose that question to a ninth grader trying Pre-Algebra and get back to me on that. With this method, kiddos are shown how much FUN numbers, counting, and math, in general, can be from the start, setting them up to make friends with the "beast" before it becomes one at all. The illustrations are not only lovely but encourage readers to participate in the counting activities on each page, even outside of the text prompts. (See the ONE puppy...the TWO apples...the THREE pans...) As an additional modicum of fun, look inside the cover, both front and back; even adult readers may learn a thing or two, not to mention other ways of imparting the "how to" part of the counting process.
About the author...
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Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica McKellar is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, Danica has been honored in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and The New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.) Her passion for promoting girls’ math education began in 2000, when she was invited to speak before Congress on the importance of women in math and science. Since then, Danica has made it a priority to find time in her busy acting schedule to promote math education, often appearing around the country as a speaker at national mathematics conferences
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