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Children's Nonfiction General

Math Book for Girls, The

and Other Beings Who Count

by (author) Valerie Wyatt

illustrated by Pat Cupples

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2000
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


This entertaining title in the Books for Girls series shows girls --- and boys, too --- that math is part of everyday life. They can try the math puzzles and activities to see for themselves how useful --- and how much fun --- math can be. They will also meet real women who use math in their jobs every day.

Kids can learn why fractions are important when they bake a cake, develop spatial visualization skills by building a geodesic dome big enough to play in, use geometry to design unique wrapping paper, discover how grids simplify drawing pictures, and much more.

About the authors

Valerie Wyatt is an award-winning author of more than 14 nonfiction books, many of them about science. She also writes on historical topics and, from time to time, picture books. Asked if she has a favorite book, she says it's always the one she's just finished. She loves writing for children because it's not just about the words. “You have to think about the photographs and illustrations as well and make sure they fit together,” she says. “It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.” Valerie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and dog, MacPherson, whose favorite food is cucumbers.

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Award-winning author and teacher Etta Kaner enjoys writing nonfiction for both children and adults. Her books include Animals Migrating, Animal Talk , Animal Groups and other titles in the Animal Behavior series, as well as four titles in the Kids Can Read series. She is also author of the Exploring the Elements and Have You Ever Seen series. She lives in Toronto.

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  • Winner, Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Parents' Guide to Children's Media
  • Winner, Parents' Choice Recommended

Editorial Reviews

A useful book to enliven math studies and ground them in the real world ... Illustrations and diagrams throughout make this a clear and easy-to-use resource for some different and fun perspectives on the subject.

School Library Journal

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