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# Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems

by
J. Patrick Lewis (Goodreads Author),
Michael Slack (Goodreads Author)

Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewis

has reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Langston

Hughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodies

and the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,

they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers ...more

has reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Langston

Hughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodies

and the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,

they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers ...more

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published
April 3rd 2012
by HMH Books for Young Readers

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May 03, 2013
Dolly
rated it
4 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
parents reading with their children

Shelves:
2013,
childrens,
math,
nonfiction,
poetry-song-music,
rhyming,
tibet,
money,
ocean-seashore,
new-england,
english,
other-usa,
france-french

Our oldest borrowed this book from her elementary school library - it's a wonderful book of poems that combines the rhythm and style of famous poems with a math puzzle. The poems are often humorous and most of the math is fairly straightforward. I would recommend having a pencil and paper handy, especially for children who want to do the puzzles, but cannot do all of the steps in their head.

We wanted to take our time to read all the poems, but the book was due back at the library, so I read thr ...more

We wanted to take our time to read all the poems, but the book was due back at the library, so I read thr ...more

Mr. Lewis has done a wonderful job spoofing classic poems such as Edgar Allen Poe's 'Raven' or A.A. Milne's 'Us By Two' for the children with a touch of math. The illustrations are silly and eye-catching, perfect for engaging the reader.

Some of my favorites are:

Elephant with Hot Dog

Boxer Shorts

Buggy Rugs

Elephant with a Hot Dog

When an elephant sat down to order

A half of a third of a quarter

Of an eighty-foot bun

Was it longer than three feet, or a quarter?

T ...more

I chose this boo ...more

Brilliant. I can't wait to share this with teachers. Math and poetry and a puzzle. Simply wonderful.

The featured poets include Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, William Carlos Williams and many others.

The math puzzles in this one involve slightly more complicated operations to ...more

The audience for this book would be a fifth grade classroom. This would fit any type of child because they are engaging poems that most children would want to try and figure out. Any students would enjoy these poems.

I would use this book mos ...more

Audience: This book is intended for Elementary Students in any math class struggling with a concept.

Appeal: This book is a good fit for students who love math or for students who dislike math. Through the fun pictures and goofy expr ...more

Funny, fun, definitely quirky and educationa ...more

And while this is a real mentor text for parody, it is the Michael Slack illustrations that really bring this whole collection together.

The back of the book offers biographical information regarding each of the poets parodied within the new collection of poems.

Invitations ...more

Emily Dickinson's Telephone Book

inspired by "my life closed twice before its close" by emily dickinson

My book closed twice before it close--

The two opposing pages

That added up to 113--

Were smudged ar ...more

Jul 15, 2012
Karen
rated it
4 of 5 stars

Shelves:
author-study,
childrensbooks,
genre-study,
j-patrick-lewis,
middle-grade,
poetry,
riddles,
math-tie-ins

I found this book recently at our local bookstore, and had to have it. I am a huge fan of the prolific J. Patrick Lewis. This book of poetry is unique for 2 reasons: 1)each poem is inspired by an already existing poem written by some great poets (not sure kids will get all the references, but I had a great time connecting the original with what J. Patrick Lewis wrote), and 2) each poem is a math riddle. I plan on buying a second copy of this book to give to my teaching partner as a back to schoo
...more

One of my favorites:

John Ciardi's

Shark Dentist

Inspired by "About the Teeth of Sharks" by John Ciardi

The thing about a shark is--teeth,

Said shark expert my brother Keith.

To study sharks, he happily

Set sail to greet them out at sea.

Keith counted the first pointed row--

Eight hundred twelve! Four rows to go.

If each of those had half as many.

How many teeth would equal plenty?

Before Keith finished adding, he

Was swallowed by shark dentistry ...more

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According to AR

Book Level: 5.4

Interest Level: Lower Grades (K-3)

A reimage of classic poems, "Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems" is a brainteaser for readers. This book of poems encourages critical thinking and math skills while offering colorful, wacky art to enjoy. Students will absolutely love figuring out the puzzles in this book and reading works by well-known poets. Try using this book during a math lesson to foster both reading and mathematical skills ...more

Okay...maybe a 4 is a little high, but I did enjoy this book... and it helped me realize that I need to brush up on some of the classical poems! Clever poems that are written in the form of a classic poem, with the twist of a math riddle to be solved. (I did take the time to solve them all! in my head!!) I would like to read (or reread) the original poem. Back matter with brief information on the different poets. Enjoyed the fun illustrations as well. :-)

Patrick Lewis combines known poems and math in this great book for children. His poems are inspired by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Shel Silverstein, and Emily Dickinson. In the poem there is a math riddle and on the bottom of the page is the answer. This is a great way to combine poetry and math. Teachers can use this as a warm up before a math lesson or have students create their own poem with math problems in them.

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J. Patrick Lewis is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than seventy children's books, including Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses. J. Patrick Lewis lives in Ohio.

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