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Socrates and the Three Pigs
A wolf's attempt to figure out in which of five houses he is most likely to find one of three little pigs introduces such mathematical concepts as combinatorial analysis, permutations, and probabilities.
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published April 18th 1986 by Philomel
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Socrates the wolf enlists the aid of his friend Pythagoras the frog in deciding which of five houses the three little pigs might be in. Lots of math in this book that not all readers will get, but presented in a way that they can -- thought it will require a bit of effort. Love Anno's artwork and charactization of the thin, philosophical wolf and plump, charming pigs.
Mar 21, 2008 J-Lynn rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book is an odd retelling of the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme that incorporates discussion of mathematics and probability. I don’t understand enough math to know if the formulas are sound, but there is an extensive author’s note that goes in depth into the math concepts.
Brilliant! The concepts of Permutation & Combination are not easy to explain to beginners. This book does it in an interesting way of storytelling. The philosophical touches are good. :) I liked Socrates' impatient wife's character. :P
Mitsumasa Anno (born March 20, 1926) is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 for his "lasting contribution to children's literature".More about Mitsumasa Anno...