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Math Curse [Hardcover]

Jon Scieszka , Lane Smith
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Sept. 29 1995
When a girl comes down with a case of math mania, she finds that she tabulates her teeth, counts her morning corn flakes, and displays other disturbing symptoms of the dreaded math curse. BOMC Main.

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Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants -- can you make 1 good outfit? Don't worry -- it's just the Math Curse striking! An amusing book about dealing with numbers in everyday life.

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Whew! This latest whimsical work from Scieszka and Smith (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Stinky Cheese Man) is bound to stretch out the old thinking cap. The day after her teacher announces, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem," the narrator is afflicted with a "math curse" that affects how she views every facet of her day ("Everything seems to be a problem"). A minimum of the questions she asks herself are entirely logical ("How many quarts are in a gallon?"); some are far-fetched extrapolations (if an M&M is about one centimeter long and the Mississippi River is about 4000 kilometers long, how many M&Ms would it take to measure the length of this river?); and a happily hefty number are sheer nonsense: "I undo 8 buttons plus 2 shoelaces. I subtract 2 shoes. I multiply times 2 socks and divide by 3 pillows to get 5 sheep, remainder 1, which is all I need to count before I fall asleep." Like the text, Smith's wonderfully wacky collage-like art will give readers ample food for thought-even if it's part junk food. Here's a morsel: "Does tunafish + tunafish = fournafish?" Kids will want seconds-count on it. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a teacher! Jan. 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have used this book to teach second, fourth, and sixth grade. All of my students have enjoyed it. I would even recommend it for higher grades b/c there are a lot of math jokes that students will not get in the lower grades.
This book is great if you want to place a "math curse" on your students so they look at everything as a math problem! They analyze their daily life and are able to write their daily routines as math problems. This is a must have for any teacher/parent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not all Curses Are Bad! April 20 2004
Format:Hardcover
I absolutley loved this book. The illustrations along with the story line brings about a wonderfull method to get children (of all ages)thinking about math. Whether they like it or not, math is a part of their daily lives. This book makes math fun and gets kids thinking about how perhaps they will experience a "math curse" one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to reverse a Math Curse March 31 2004
Format:Hardcover
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I would definitely recommend the Math Curse for all ages. It is especially helpful with explaining to young children that math is essential for every day activities. It also deals with math problems that come up unexpectedly in daily routines. The pictures in this book are incredibly vivid and they captivate the reader by displaying math problems through charts and other simple mathematical formulas. This book is a must for every elementary school classroom. This book is really helpful for anyone trying to reach students and change their outlook on math! Students who have once feared math and felt they were cursed will now have a greater appreciation for math!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math Curse June 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
Amusing story of how math is integrated into every aspect of our daily life. This book takes you through one day in the main character's life after his teacher says, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem." As you read, you can stop and solve problems that are funny and intriguing. Good for any age child and a fantastic resource for math teachers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but uses old imperial system (U.S.) Sept. 18 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book for girls or boys. My kids ages 6 & 8 think it is so funny, and it will last for several years as some of the math is within their reach and some is a bit too challenging. However, even the 'challenging' parts are lots of fun to read, and funny to watch the character going through her day. The artwork is beautiful and creative - very original. Please note, though, some of the pages refer to calculating 'quarts in a gallon' or 'feet in a yard', which isn't relative to Canadian kids using the metric system. There are references to the metric system too.
So if it was all metric I would've given it a 5!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Math Curse Review April 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
Math Curse was a big hit when I read it to a 4Th grade class I was observing. The pictures are vivid and grabbed their attention. It contains a lot of usefull information on everyday life, like how much time you have to get dressed, to eat, and how everything can be looked at like a math problem.I would definatly recommend Math Curse to children and adults of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Math Curse or Math Fun for All April 19 2004
By Brianna
Format:Hardcover
This book is entertaining for all ages. It combines charts, riddles, terms, and more in an amusing tale of mathematical chaos that helps children to realize even math can be fun. Although the book looks skinny, it is actually filled with little lesson plans that are great for elementary classrooms. Not only is the story cleverly written, but the illustrations are fantastic as well. I assure you that whether you are young or just young at heart, you'll enjoy falling under this math curse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is humour in numbers. March 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book presents arithmetic in a humours and off-beat way. When our children are bored with the dull and dreary school way of presenting homework, we pull out this one.
This book helps illustrate that arithemtic is not just about 1+1=2 and Jon gave Mary some apples how many does he hav...<*SNAP!*> It will keep them awake.
You should also check out "The Sticky Cheese Man."
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