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Book Reviews, Early/Young Readers, Interactive Ideas, Picture Books, Read-Aloud Suggestions, Teacher & Parent Recommendations

ARITHMETICKLE by J. Patrick Lewis

If you like Dynamath at school or have ever wanted to try it, then Arithmetickle is for you!  It is a collection of poems that are both fun to read–and fun to solve because each poem is ALSO a clever math puzzle.

First you must decipher the actual nature of the problem/puzzle.  Second you must determine a strategy by which to solve it.  And third, you put your strategy to the test!  The poems (and the math skills necessary to solve the riddles) vary in degree of difficulty so there are puzzles for all levels.  It is probably best used toward the end of 2nd through 5th Grades.

Our whole family (me, my husband, my 9-year-old son and my 8-year-old daughter) read this book together, laughing at the wonderful language of the poems and working together to solve the math puzzles embedded within the poetry!   My husband and my son REALLY like numbers and math but my daughter and I not so much; in spite of that all four of us LOVED this book, and especially reading it together!

This book is a fantastic addition to a home or classroom library.  It is well worth the effort to find it in your local library or bookstore!  As evidenced by myself and my daughter, this book appeals to ALL readers not just those who are passionate about math!

*[title picture is from amazon.com where the book can be purchased]

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