It starts out like a remake of the story of Rumpelstiltskin, ten years later.
But, Rumpelstiltskin now exercises a different power from the one he used last time to spin straw into gold.
He can multiply things at will.
By the time you are drawn into the story of how he does this, you have been practicing multiplication for pages.
And, further, you have been introduced to the very different skill of multiplying by fractions and the fact that numbers go down when you do this, not up.
Perhaps it is no surprise that this former physics teacher, Pam Calvert, now introduces schoolchildren to math, science, reading and writing in workshops she has developed to delight children and teachers and complement what they learn in the classroom.
Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin (A Math Adventure) is just one of the nine books Calvert has written in the past ten years, from children’s novels to more math story books.
You’ll love this gentle way to play with multiplying and find out how a 10-year-old boy saved the day.
Listen to an interview with the author, Pam Calvert, on Multiplying Menace, below.
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