Just in time for Thanksgiving! Not that you’re having spaghetti and meatballs for Thanksgiving, but because you’re likely to have lots of people sitting around the table.

Spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce

Spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce (Photo credit: naotakem)

Have you ever thought about letting your children figure out the seating arrangement, how many at each table, combining and rearranging card tables that seat four when you overflow the dining room table?

That’s what the children’s story book, “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical  Story” is all about – adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing the number of tables and seats at each needed for a family reunion.

Using a seating plan for the anticipated number of guests, then rearranging as some people dropped out at the last minute and rearranging several more times as people came late or unexpectedly, gives the Comfort family plenty of opportunity to use their math skills to figure out how to arrange and rearrange the tables to seat everybody.

A fun way to show how math is used every day, an excuse to involve the grandchildren in the planning, and a delightful story in its own right, “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!” is a reminder of the hub-bub of family gettogethers, whether Thanksgiving, Christmas or a summer picnic.

Author Marilyn Burns is a math educator who specializes in developing materials for teachers as well as children, including such books as “The I Hate Mathematics! Book, ” “Math for Smarty Pants,” and “The Greedy Triangle.”

Her illustrator, Debbie Tilley, has illustrated a number of children’s books and now colors with her young daughter.

Change the way your grandchildren help you get ready for the next family gathering by ordering “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story.

To order, click on the title, “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!”



Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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