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The Grapes of Math

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,407 ratings  ·  165 reviews
This innovative and delightful book challenges children -- and parents -- to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations displayed within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier and quicker -- and much more fun -- than anyone could have ever imagined!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Scholastic Press (first published 2001)
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Julie Suzanne
Jul 07, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young students (grades 3 - 8?)
Recommended to Julie by: Rose & Juniper
Simple riddles prompt you to look at a visual counting conundrum in a different way. On your public school math drills, you'll see everything grouped into perfect columns already, but this book will show you groups of things in more random formation, like real life. I was stumped EVERY time (and I was an excellent student in math); the answers at the end comprise the lesson/teaching aspect of the book. I learned some really good strategies for practical math applications, but more importantly, I ...more
If you've learned certain algorithms, if you were graded on how well you followed instructions, if you think there's One Best Way to do things, you'll find this book frustrating. If you know that it's best to have a repertoire of a variety of problem-solving strategies, you'll wish that this was just one chapter in a much bigger book. Learning different ways to sum arrays is one skill - I'll have to try to investigate Tang's other books.
Dannita Stanley
This book has a series of poems that are related to utilizing mental math strategies to easily count groups of objects. This book is targeted to elementary aged students and the content and the illustrations make it appropriate.

I find that my fourth and fifth grade students often lack mental math strategies, so the story line of these poems is one that I would utilize at the beginning of the school year to introduce mental math strategies. I like the idea of using these simple poems to discuss
My personal reaction of this poetry book was that i loved the title. The title gives math more room to be humorous (which never happens). Also i loved that it gives you strategies to solving math problems. (Where was this when i was in school?) For example, ""How many grapes are on the vine?
Counting each takes too much time." This book makes math fun and easier, children will love it.

The purpose of the book would be for read aloud for curricular reasons such as math for third grade. Throughout t
Aleksandra Petrovich
This book shares problem solving techniques for math with fun rhymes and kid-friendly illustrations. It is presented as rhymed riddles that prompt the reader to look at math a different way and to engage in creative thinking.
This is an example of an informational book because it presents information on certain math concepts: recognizing patterns, computational and problem solving skills, grouping, strategies for practical math applications, using mental math to solve multiplication and other pro
Mary Ledom
This book was unbelievable! I really enjoyed it and right after I read Grapes of Math, I thought about how I could use it in my classroom. I would hands down give this to every teacher in the second grade. It would be a great book for a math lesson and would interest the children immensely. I was doing the math facts and problems alone and out loud with excitement. I cannot even imagine what my class would be like while I read this to them. It already makes me smile!
Not only are there math fact
Rebecca Ashley Teague
This book contains 16 different illustrated math riddles to help children learn to solve math problems in different ways. Many of the riddles in the book deal with multiplication. However, some riddles deal with other mathematical concepts. There are rhymes throughout the book which make it engaging and fun for students. After the questions, tips are given on using mental math to solve the question. I would use this book in my class to teach students about different mathematical concepts such as ...more
Loved the way adding and subtracting exercises are incorporated into this story. For a kid that likes to participate when he/she is being read to, this is a good mind-teaser. Not so hard it would make a child lose confidence, though perhaps they would need a couple times through before they get them all easily.
Alyssa Ruehl
This book is great for curriculum learning on the basis of math. The poem rhymes and it asks questions about counting the different numbers and finding easy ways to do mental math. The ages should be preschool and kindergarten if it is to be read aloud, but first grade if read independently. The reason is because it would be easier for students to read independently. This book also uses a plethora of manipulative: die, cherries, grapes, snails, and strawberry seeds to keep the young children's a ...more
If you approach this book as a puzzle book, I don’t think you would be let down. I feel like this was less “fake” than Henry the Fourth as far as getting kids to read real books go, because it doesn’t hide its true purpose of being a math book under the guise of a fun little story. It uses pictures and poems to teach kids how to count by grouping objects together. The pictures are all full-bleed, double-page spreads, but the objects that the children count are all on the verso page, while the po ...more
Melissa Long
This book is set up in a vertical format and the pages are laid out in a double page spread. The text is located within the images on each page and none of the pages contain boarders. I believe the author did this in order to have the reader become more incorporated within the book and be more focused on the math riddles on each page. The font for the title of each riddle on each page is more casual and fun, I suspect in order to grab the readers attention and interest. Then, the text on the res ...more
Germaine (Marie) Semodio
The book is set in portrait orientation and the colors are very bright. The title pun is very clever - only if you actually read the book that it is associated with. The problems in the books are good practice for the kids to do and work on as well as giving them extra problems to work on their math skills. Furthermore, the events in which the problems are set in are very relatable, scenarios that include picnics and pizza making as well as knowing how to count dice. All these experiences help t ...more
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Summary: The author of this book creatively setup the illustrations and text vertically in a two-page spread. Each two-page spread has a math riddle for the reader to solve. There are assisting illustrations included to visually aid the readers in solving the riddle. For each riddle included in this book there is a math question that must be answered. The author chose to represent each focus question of each riddle in a different font color to draw atten
'The Grapes of Math' is an amazing book of math riddles that is so much fun for the classroom. Each page has a new math riddle that asks you to tell how many of something is on a page by using a new math strategy like grouping or subtraction or addition. Math is a hard subject for a lot of students, but I feel that this book, as well as other math books, is a great way to get students interested in the subject. The way this book is set up is just so fun and out-of-the-box, I definitely plan to h ...more
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I love using this book to teach children patterns in math. At first it's kind of tricky for them, but then they pick it up and have a lot of fun with it. After taking this class, I have become very fond of reading books during math and this was one I've used in the past and loved to reunite with this year.

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Gr 3-5-Picture puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solvi
Hannah Evilsizor
This book would be for preschool or kindergarten it has poems about counting and shapes. It is full of bright colors and lots of rhymes. This would be a great way to work in poetry into math. Young students learn by repetition and doing something over and over. If you read one poem to them before math they would remember it and use it to help them. They could also say the poem with you and count the objects on the page. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a great resource.
Katherine Codino
This is such a sweet book! It's a great way to incorporate math into reading. Throughout the book there are math riddles for children to solve. I loved how the book incorporated strategies for how to use mental math. The book prompts students to use visual math and concepts in order to solve multiple types of math problems. A great story to incorporate literacy and math for children to use multiple means of representations when solving equations.
The Grapes of Math is a catchy book that is filled with math riddles and rhymes. I thought the illustrations were colorful and bold however didn't pull the child's attention away from the lesson that was being taught. The purpose of this book is to teach students tricks to work out addition problems. I would utilize this book as a tool to use in a math unit for teaching addition. I feel like the kids would be up to solve a riddle in a poem.
This book is super cute! I think this book is amazing and helpful in the classroom! Math is really hard for some students because it just doesn't make sense. Other students may find that math is really boring and they don't really want to try to do it. I think that this book makes math fun and interesting. This book is filled with every page requiring the student to use different mathematical techniques to solve the riddle on the page. I think this book would be fun to break into small groups th ...more
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"Grapes of Math" is a riddle book coupled with pictures, that teaches kids how to group numbers in order to add faster. For instance:

"It's a picnic! the ants scream.
How many ants are in this scene?
Try to count them one by one,
Before you finish they'll be done.
Find a square before you count--
Soon you'll see the right amount!"

This riddle has a picture of ants in various
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The Grapes of Math teaches readers to group, find patterns, and view math in a different way instead of counting individual items on each page. Containing 16 fun riddles, this book helps reluctant students learn new and exciting ways to add creativity to math, instead of relying on old conventional ways of memorization and finger counting.

"Grapes of Math" is appropriate for ages 7+ (Grades 2+).

Perhaps my favorite feature in this book is the fun, computer generated illustrations. The phr
Jade Detzer
This is a book of math riddles that deal with counting, adding, subtracting, etc. It is very interactive for the students and some are challenging. This is a fun way to get a student who is more interested in reading than math. The book incorporates so much math and different problems for the students to solve.
The Grapes of Math is an excellent book that serves its purpose. This is not a story; this is a book about Math problems. I think it is great. The book supplies sixteen different rhymes to help the children learn new ways to do math. By adding, subtracting, and various groupings children will learn new ways to solve problems.

Each of the problems is presented as a short poem made up with couplets. The poems usually give some sort of hint as to how to solve the problem. The pictures are very brig
Ellis Brodowski
I thought this book was very creative and cute, it contains different riddles that are engaging for younger children for mathematics. I think this can be helpful when teaching children certain algorithms because it presents these math terms in a new and fun way.
I really liked how this book teaches multiplication through riddles and problem solving. I think it is age appropriate for third and fourth graders when they are learning mathematics. The cute way they presented the riddles was also very satisfying, I love this book.
Jenny Schramm
I think that this is a great book. I thought the illustrations were done rather well. I think that kids are able to get some laughs out of this book. I think that this book could be good for grades 2 and up. I would recommend this book to other teachers
I liked this book a lot , it had good strategies but still a little hard to understand for kids . Like when it says to subtract instead of add . I think it was also very enjoyable , and a good book for learning more things about math . It had helpful ideas .
Stephanie Kahn
In The Grapes of Math, Greg Tang introduces math concepts through rhythmic little riddles using rhyming couplets. He shows clever ways to quickly and easily solve math problems using computational and problem-solving skills. Each riddle provides clues to the method needed to solve the problem related to the accompanying illustration. The main question is written in a different color font than the rest of the verse to highlight its importance. The solutions are placed at the back of the book with ...more
My 5 yr old son absolutely loved Greg Tang's The Best of Times, so I in turned loved it too. I checked out all his books from the library I could get my hands on and unfortunately they don't all live up to my expectations based on the other book. These riddles are confusing! My husband (he's an engineer, so pretty solid in math) and I had trouble figuring out ourselves, so reading them with our son was frustrating. Both Grapes of Math and Math Appeal were equally disappointing, although this one ...more
I heard about this book a while back. I finally picked it up at the library the other day, and it is a whole lot of fun. Frank's not quite old enough for it yet. It mostly involves grouping and quick ways of counting (almost multiplication, but not quite), so I don't think it will be too long before it will be at his level. Anyway, I really liked it. I don't know a whole lot about math in elementary school, but I wish they'd use tools like this a little more (for all I know they do, but I don't ...more
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