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The Grapes of Math

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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 really liked it  ·  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
Sep 02, 2009 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Madeline Bergstrom
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Courtney Raymer
May 05, 2015 Courtney Raymer rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I really liked how this book introduces math in a really fun way for students. It is an interactive book that children can do with a teacher or in a group of students. It brings fun poems to go along with counting which is a basic skill everyone must have when trying to deal with math. It is an easy way to keep students interested rather than doing worksheets all day as well. I really liked this approach to math.

-read aloud: I think this would be a good book to read a
MaryMargaret Kelly
May 04, 2015 MaryMargaret Kelly rated it it was amazing

I really thought this book was GREAT. it was well thought out and the images were SO helpful. I felt this a book that every kid should have, its such a great resource and i think it definitely helps if math is something you struggle with.

This book would be great for ages 7-10, so about 2nd-4th grade. It has all sorts of interesting ways of figuring out math problems. So whichever unit of math you are in, there will be at least one great example and way of understanding it in this b
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
Feb 24, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christian Wallace
Personal reaction: I really loved the concept of this book. It is comprised of a variety of riddles that are matched with illustrations that are vibrant and engaging, such as the riddle "Fish School," which talks about how fish like to live and travel in groups, and is complimented by a vibrant underwater illustration. It also has good examples of how to group with different grouping strategies, identifying patters, and saving time by using counting strategies.

Purpose/use in the classroom: This
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
Audrie Estrada
May 14, 2015 Audrie Estrada rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I really like how this book shows math in a fun, exciting, and creative way. I personally would have loved all these math books when I was younger because all we did was worksheets. So this book definitely beats writing math problems until your hand cramps up. It brings fun poetry into the mix and also shows you a variety of ways to look at numbers. Really beneficial.

Purpose/Use in the classroom:
-I would most likely use this to bring in a math lesson and read it aloud to the st
Maddie Scheer
May 04, 2015 Maddie Scheer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I was first introduced to this book in my Math class. I thought it had a clever title, but when I got to read it I got to see it for its true importance. This is a great book for students learning math and I enjoyed it thoroughly and thought it was very clever.
2. This would be a good book for any of the options. It would be a great read aloud for a unit on math because it is an informational book on math and numbers. It contains poems that utilize math strategies and would help students view
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
Erica Garl
This book is filled with mini riddles that are math based and have pictures that go with them for the reader to solve. The answers are to be found by addressing the pictures but can also be found in the back of the book. This book allows children to see that people group in different ways but also that grouping might be a faster way of adding up the total amount of an item. I like the overall idea of this book and how there are multiple examples allowing reader multiple opportunities to understa ...more
Alyssa Ruehl
Feb 24, 2015 Alyssa Ruehl rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2012 Rosalinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 20, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing
'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
Apr 28, 2011 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
Dec 05, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2016 Sarahanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. Math ideas in limerick form. I picked this up because I love math and I'm intrigued by the different ways of learning. The ideas illustrated here - grouping, rounding, etc - I do that automatically so it was interesting to see that be "taught".

The rhymes would make this fun for young readers and if they didn't totally get the math concepts, they would grow into it.
Grade/interest level: Primary
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Genre: Informational
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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
Hannah Evilsizor
I enjoyed this book because it is colorful and it is full of information for students and ways that they can actively be involved in the text. 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 ...more
Week 13
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
Ashley Adams
Sep 19, 2015 Ashley Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of mathematical story problems written in verse. The poems themselves offer problem-solving hints about grouping and noticing patterns. Key vocabulary is often highlighted and will familiarize young minds with numerical terminology like sum and difference. Best for low-level elementary students.
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.
Elise Hill
The Grapes of Math is a great way to get kids interested in math through reading riddles. As an elementary schooler, I hated math but I loved reading and this book helped me to build my math skills while having fun. I highly suggest this book and others by Greg Tang to help students engage in reading.
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