This is the last set of books sponsored by Wild Crane Press for giveaway and also my favourite of all (you can check out my reviews of Kuafu Chases the Sun, How Long is Eternity and the Blue Sun (series) by clicking on the links). [Look out for the series of book giveaways coming up over the next few Mondays, kindly sponsored by JLB Educational Technology]
I think I had a broad mix of books this time round with a different version of Kuafu Chases the Sun (a Chinese mythology), a philosophical book to explore the concept of eternity, and the Blue Sun (series) which dealt with complex issues (homelessness, grief and separation) told from a child’s perspective.
This set of books, which I believe would be the most popular with my readers as well, approaches Mathematical concepts in the form of engaging stories, featuring Flappy the Vampire in the whole series. The topics covered include length, volume, area, weight and estimation.
The two hot favourites in my home are New Coffins for a Growing Vampire (Length) and The Magic Juice (Volume).
Flappy the Vampire is a little growing vampire and he needs a new bed (coffin). His dad (Count Dracula) tasks the carpenter to make a new ‘bed’ for his son, which measures “three steps long” (according to the size of his feet) but the ‘bed’ ends up even smaller than the one that Flappy is using. Flappy decides that he’d measure the bed himself and it measured “six (Flappy) steps” so Count Dracula tells the carpenter to make a coffin that is six steps long but this time the coffin ends up even bigger than his dad’s. Can you guess what went wrong?
From the story, the children would realise that we need a standard way of measurement in order to get what we want precisely. After reading the book, we could reenact the story by measuring for instance the coffee table with the number of footsteps each family member takes to walk from one end to the other and we could try other non-standardized ways to measure common household items in the house (e.g. arm length, ice-cream sticks vs. toothpicks). Compare the non-standardized ways of measurement to the measuring tape/ ruler for each item and the kids would discover the importance of using a recognised standard of measurement.
The Magic Juice is another lovely book where children can do hands-on learning of volume.
As with the story where each child brings along different sizes of cups to class for their magic juice, we can easily set up a range of cups/ containers in our home, fill them up with the same amount of liquid (without them knowing first) and get the kids to speculate if the volume of the liquid in the cups are more than/less than or the same, then ask them to pour the contents, one at a time, into a measuring cup. They’d be pretty surprised to find out that the tall, narrow container has the same amount of liquid as the broad, shallow one. 🙂
The rest of the series is similar to the two titles I’ve described above, with captivating illustrations and engaging story lines.
What I like most about the series is that mathematical concepts are presented in a way that is simple to understand and at the end of each book, there’s a page to summarise the story as well as suggestions for parents to extend the learning at home.
I highly recommend this series of books as the concepts are presented clearly, with lively characters and settings which kids can identify with and these books would appeal to even those who dislike or fear Math, parents included.
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The Creepy Mathematics series can be obtained directly from Wild Crane Press.
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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary set of the books by Wild Crane Press. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.