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Title:
The best of times : math strategies that multiply
Author:
Tang, Greg.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Simple rhymes offer hints on how to multiply any number by zero through ten without memorizing the multiplication tables.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 1 Quiz: 30732 Guided reading level: K.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780439210447
Format :
Book

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Summary

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Greg Tang takes on the times tables, teaching kids innovative ways to multiply numbers and derive answers WITHOUT memorization.

Four is very fast to do when you multiply by 2.
Here's a little good advice --
please just always double twice!

BEST OF TIMES gives kids an intuitive understanding of multiplication, encouraging them to arrive at answers on their own rather than memorizing the times tables. A child who can multiply by two, for instance, can multiply by four and even eight! Likewise, times six builds on times two and times three.With his common-sense approach, Greg Tang encourages kids to solve problems creatively, building both their skills and their confidence.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. This upbeat picture book, presenting multiplication using numbers from zero through ten, is illustrated with often humorous pictures of animals engaged in activities such as fishing, painting, dancing. For every factor in the times table, Tang supplies a mnemonic rhyme, such as "Six is pretty quick to do, / just multiply by 3 then 2. / If this sounds like too much trouble, / triple first before you double!" and "Seven doesn't take much time, / even though it is a prime. / Here is all you have to do, / first times 5 then add times 2!" For the many people wondering if it isn't easier to memorize the times tables, Tang notes, "Instead, wouldn't it be great if by understanding math better you could learn to multiply numbers of any size, not just the ones you memorize?" Along the way, his playful juggling of numbers and the clearly laid out equations and visual explanations may help children learn to calculate more easily in their heads, see the patterns implied, and understand what they are doing when they multiply numbers. Encouraging rhymes and colorful, jaunty illustrations bolster the multiplication lesson. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind The Grapes of Math and Math for All Seasons follows up with a third title for aspiring mathematicians: The Best of Times: Math Strategies That Multiply by Greg Tang, illus. by Harry Briggs. Tang eschews multiplication tables in favor of emphasizing a better understanding of numbers and quantities. Bouncy, rhyming ditties remind kids, among other things, that 0 times anything is zero ("For every problem it's the same,/ zilch or zero is its name!") Briggs's cheery signature artwork, featuring an active menagerie, keeps the concepts clear and the mood light. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-A multiplication book that really adds up. Snappy rhymes and problems to solve, going from 0 to 10, with one number per spread, offer valuable strategies that will help develop number sense. However, some terms, such as thrice and precise, might require a bit of clarification. "Prime" is mentioned in relation to the number seven but not defined and not necessary for the strategy given. Briggs's humorous cartoon illustrations in bold, flat colors add to the book's appeal. Overall, this title would enhance math units and would be a fun read-aloud.-Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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