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Math literature

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From: Tim G. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 01, 2001 at 13:31:21
Subject: Re: Math literature

There are a lot of great books out there. One of my favorites, although not
specifically about measurement, is "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Magnus
Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator), Michael Henry
It is a wonderful story about a boy who is visited in his dreams by the
Number Devil who explains the ins and outs of mathematics and numbers to him.
Another great book is "The Librarian who Measured the Earth" by Kathryn Lasky, 
Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator). It tells the story of the librarian of the 
Alexandria Library in Ancient Egypt and his quest to measure the circumference 
of the earth (which he did with amazing accuracy). It is a picture book and a 
great read for kids. "How Much is a Million" is another great book (I am not 
sure of the author).

These are three of the best books I have found on math in general. "How Much
is a Million" is quite easy to read, but leads to some great discussions (how
much rice is a million grains? How big of a space would you need to hold a
million people?)

 -Tim G., for the T2T service

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