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Math Living Book....help me decide :)

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I have such a tendency to over load my book choices for the year and then I get overwhelmed....so can anyone recommend which book would be best for a smart 9 yr. old boy?  I wanted to incorporate one day of reading a fun living math book for Friday's (something to look forward to and know I should probably pick one to make it last for the whole year) otherwise it would be read in a day and his takeaway wouldn't be much!  😛

Which do you find best for the age and for the material learned?  Thanks!!

·      The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure   OR  The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

 

 

 

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Great thread! I just ordered 3 of the recommendations...as always, WTM forums keep my bank account hopping (mostly money going out, lol).

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They're very different books.  MWBD is written for adults with lots of text and hundreds of pages, but is accessible to kids.  Penrose is a rich picture book, meant for kids.  Depends on what suits your kid.

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We enjoyed The Number Devil more than Penrose, but I would say Penrose teaches more (it has puzzles to try).  At once a week you could get through both in a single year.

 

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On 5/6/2020 at 7:47 PM, Homeschoolmom3 said:

to make it last for the whole year

You might consider something like this https://www.amazon.com/Fabulous-Math-Mysteries-Resist-Grades/dp/0439175402/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=40+math+mysteries&qid=1589075886&s=books&sr=1-2  I'm using it with my ds right now and it's really fun. 

Or if you want to back up a level https://www.amazon.com/More-Math-Mysteries-Kids-Resist/dp/1338257307/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=40+math+mysteries&qid=1589075886&s=books&sr=1-3  is by the same author. It's very conducive to your once a week, make it last a year plan. 

I did living math books with my dd, but I usually just threw them at her. It's something to consider, that some things, if you wait a year, he'll just do for himself. So I would do things that are better done with you, things he won't be able to do for himself as easily.

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