Multiply on the Fly
by
Suzanne Slade & Erin Hunter
Order:
USA
Can
Arbordale, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
Reviewed by Bob Walch
N
ot only does this picture book introduce some of the basic elements of multiplication but it also, by using insects, provides some rudimentary facts about bug life.
T
he rhymed text features large illustrations of fireflies, grasshoppers, moths, dragonflies, soldier ants, honey bees, ladybugs and similar insects. Along with Erin Hunter's nicely rendered illustrations, there's a math problem. For example, '
Six swarms of butterflies migrate in the fall. Ten monarchs in each group, how many fly in all? 6 x 10 = ?
'
T
he last six pages of the book contain some learning activities. Besides an
Insect Multiplication Table
and a page on
Multiplying Numbers
, you'll find information on insect body parts and life cycles, plus a
Match the Insects
exercise and a
Compare and Contrast
worksheet.
I
like the idea of making math a little more relevant by showing how it can be used in other disciplines. By bringing the world of insects into the equation here, the author will hold the child's attention longer than a regular math book would! How clever is that?
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