The School of Numbers

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Mar 2019

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'The School of Numbers: Learn about Mathematics with 40 Simple Lessons' by Emily Hawkins with illustrations by Daniel Frost takes math concepts and makes them approachable to young learners.

Readers are invited to board the Starship Infinity and are guided by the various quirky crew members.  The book is divided in to 3 terms: Getting the Knack of Numbers, All Shapes and Sizes, and Real World Maths.  Each lesson takes up two pages full of examples and colorful illustrations.  There is an activity bubble to practice ach new concept.

This book is really great!  It makes math accessible and does it in a fun way.  Things are clearly explained and the scope of the book goes quite a way into mathematics.  The illustrations are fun as are the characters that help the reader along the way.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing-Wide Eyed Editions, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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It is possible to feel excited about learning math!

In a very creative way, the author intertwines a story as members of an Astro Academy starship and takes us on a super fun journey of mathematics. The content is very integrative, from historical data, interesting real world facts; precise explanations to carry out operations and solve puzzles, geometry and perimeters, symmetry and measurements. Everything is arranged for tutors and educators to accompany reading to children who will be curious to discover why mathematics is widely useful and can also be fascinating.

The illustrations accompany in a splendid, colorful way and exemplify the content very well. It also shows children the importance of mathematics in daily life, science, engineering, cartography, probability and statistics. This book is suitable to accompany the little ones and as a great didactic resource for older children.  What I liked most are the mental math tips, puzzles and amazing phenomena that occur with mathematics, even as adults we do not cease to be surprised.

I feel very captivated by this Quarto Publishing Group material, I give my recommendation as it has the potential that children love math and get excited to learn them.

My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
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Interesting book with insight into numbers. My daughter enjoyed it too and it helped her to understand some number facts. However many of the images didn’t display properly on my kindle or iPad so it was difficult for her to fully engage with the maths facts. A great idea but sadly the advance copy just didn’t work properly to give a fully rounded perspective.
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This book seems to be for children older than my daughter (7).
For her, this book seems overly academic and she lost interest despite my attempts to engage her.
The idea seems excellent and might've had more success if the images rendered better in my reader.
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I love math! It was a natural love from the first math lesson - love at first sight. However, I know this does not happen with everyone and this is exactly why this book is perfect! It is simple, explains everything perfectly and it's effective! Great for a math lover and definitely a great way to make those who don't love it, love it!
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A most wonderful book about mathematics! I am certainly impressed.
It is not the most comprehensive reference but it's good enough to introduce basic math concepts to children. While some of the concepts are too abstract to explain, the illustrations help children to visualize them effectively. There is no textbook text or explanation. The contents are reinforced with simple explanations with graphics. The great thing about this math book is that it can be used over a good number of years! 

"The School of Numbers" covers a wide array of math topics (almost all the basics but algebra.) It's fun and engaging, and the book certainly portraits math an interesting and welcoming subject. I wish I grew up with books like this because it took me a long time before I fell in love with math. This is definitely a must have book to own. Highly recommended.
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While I was reading this book, my exact thought is that why are these kind of reading material not available when I was still young. If only I was able to get my hands on this book, perhaps I have enjoyed math more and maybe I'm better solving math problems. 

Where are these books when I'm still in grade school and needed them? Kids nowadays are really fortunate because there are a lot of publishers that are getting more creative with printing books that will entice students to read and learn more. The math concepts in this book are explained perfectly in a simple way yet kids will still understand better. What better to explain a lesson is by incorporating the explanation with the illustration and some story in the side also. This book is simply amazing and I bet that my middle-grade niece will really love it.
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Do you know a child who loves Math?  Do you know one who doesn't but you would like to change that?  Both kinds of kids may very well enjoy this book that makes Math fun. 

The book opens with a "Letter of Acceptance to the Starship Infinity Astro Academy" and invites your Cadet to "Prepare to Join Us as We Explore the Cosmos and Discover Some Mathematical Marvels."  Guided by the team, children will learn about topics including prime numbers, square roots, decimals, geometric shapes, graphs and charts, probability and much more.  There are 40 lessons in all.

Throughout the text there are appealing, bright illustrations.  Children move through three terms at the academy, after which they graduate. 

This book will make math intriguing and encourage learning.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for taking me on this journey.  All opinions are my own.
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Fascinating world of maths explained in 40 clear and engaging lessons.
I find it difficult even to choose the most interesting lesson: Feel the Freeze about negative numbers presented in the context of coldest places on Earth, Getting Handle on Angles, Easy as Pi, or Body Maths. Playful artwork and bold bright colours help to illustrate and support points made by the authors.
Strongly recommended for those who loved maths and those who didn't, but would like their children to love it or at least to understand the basic concepts in an effortless memorable way.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group Wide Eyed Editions for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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Fun story - history of numbers interwoven with math lessons.
Would make a good read-aloud initially and then could use each lesson as a follow up to your regular math lesson or as a center activity.
Problems and info get harder as the story progresses.
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This was a comprehensive and fun book with quite a few tips, pointers (indicators - not the dogs, which I found a bit disap pointer ing...), and hints along the way, and it covered a surprising array of mathematical concepts from simple math to powers, and from geometry to negative numbers. It even finally got me a visual that clarified in my mind why the so-called Monty Hall problem makes sense!

This 'problem' is where a person offered a choice to open one of three doors (or maybe boxes). One of the options contains a nice prize, the other two contain a booby prize or nothing at all. The person chooses which door or box to open, then the host (Monty Hall in the original show, although the problem predates his show) opens one of the booby prize doors showing you that it was wise not to choose that one. Then he gives you the option to change your choice. Should you change? It seems counter-intuitive, but the fact is that you will more than likely improve your odds of winning if you change. Many people (even some mathematicians) find this hard to believe. I did initially, and even when I decided that changing your choice was the indeed the better option, I still couldn't get my mind around why! Now it's clear thanks to this book!

But the book contains much more than that, and it explains things clearly and simply, with good examples, and little exercises for the reader to follow (with the answers!). There were a couple of errors in the book - or at least what seemed like errors to me, but math isn't my strong suit, so maybe I'm wrong. I'll mention them anyway. There was a section on geometric progression which used the old story of starting with one grain of rice on a chess board, and doubling the number of grains on each subsequent square. It's a great demonstration, but on page 47 it's seemingly implied that a chess board has only 62 squares! Wrong! Eight squared isn't 62!

The other issue was on tessellation (I told you this book was comprehensive!) which is a fascinating topic and really only a fancy way of saying 'tiling', but it suggests that triangular tessellation requires adding 6 walls whereas hexagonal tessellation requires only 3 and this is what makes bees so smart? I could not get my mind around that concept at all - not the smart bees, but the walls. I had no clue in what context this was supposed to be true. I mean if you draw a triangle and want to add another triangle, you have to draw only two more walls, and there's your second triangle making use of an existing wall from the first. If you have one hexagon and want to add another, you have to draw five more walls!

If you have two hexagons side-by-side, you need to draw four walls to make another, whereas if you have two triangles, you need draw, again, only two walls to make a third! Admittedly, if you have three existing hexagons, making a shallow cup shape, then it's true you need add only three more walls on the concave side to make a fourth hexagon, but with three triangles, depending on how they are joined, you still need add only two walls - or perhaps even just one wall. Now maybe I am missing something or maybe the concept that was being conveyed here wasn't worded very well for clarity - or was over my head(!), so like I said, I may be wrong but it seemed to me this needed something more to be said!

But that was a minor issue and I'm happy to commend this as a worthy read and a great math tutor for young minds.
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On board the Spaceship Infinity you become a cadet learning about mathematics. From single digits to long division, Fibonacci Sequence, angles and shapes, symmetry, distance in space and time, graphs and charts, and so much more.

The illustrations are wonderful and I'd recommend the book as a reference book that can be used for pre-schoolers and older kids.
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Our 3rd grader loves math and this was such a perfect book for him. The School of Numbers introduces different math topics and lessons and shares them in such an engaging way. There is the perfect balance of text vs. illustrations that kept him super interested. There was a great balance of information while also relating to real-world examples that made the lessons enjoyable and relatable. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto publishing for a copy of this book...all opinions are my own.
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A fun way to introduce math and number concepts. I could see using this in my homeschool and I like that the concepts spans several years of learning.
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Unfinished work. Almost ¾ of the text does not appear and so the book is unreadable. It’s been awhile since i get one of those unfinished/unedited books but there is one!
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The School of Numbers is a fun, easy, illustrated manual for kids that makes math enjoyable and exciting. The lessons cover many different topics that span several grade levels.
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A fun way to engage children in maths at a young age. It's so completely different to everything I know of maths that it wasn't a comfortable read; which is a good thing. It brings fun, humour and charm to a subject I found dry and straight laced.
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Effective ~ Playful ~ Detailed/ Clear

tl:dr: math for fun

Many parents struggle with helping young children with their math, as the American education system is often employing different ways of thinking of number sense. This book would be a great purchase for kindergarten families to do collectively, so as everyone gains the same vocabulary. The exercises are described concisely but precisely, ideal for a busy parent reading ahead of their child. The illustrations add a level of playfulness. This is a book that will help kids foster their love of learning. 

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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