Mathematickles!: fun poems to tickle your funny bone
Betsy Franco & Steven Salerno
Margaret K. McElderry, 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he concept behind
reminds me of Rebus rhymes for mathematics. Very simple poems include mathematical symbols and operations to present the seasons, as in '
apples + worms = sweet tunnels
t's a bit of a stretch for a mathematical purist (especially the multiplications and divisions), but kids are likely to enjoy playing with the ideas, and might even learn very basic math concepts in the process. I like '
1/2 w = v = flying geese
' mostly because their V flight lifts my spirits whenever I'm lucky enough to spot migrating geese. Being a catlover, I appreciate '
kitten + leaves + branches - meow = pussy willow
', and puddles divided by raindrops do indeed result in circles.
t's all very silly and exuberant, but it's also a fresh way of looking at the natural world around us. Speaking of which, I am really looking forward to '
hammock shade + lemonade = perfectly lazy summer day
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