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Monday, November 9, 2015

Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere - Review

We got a fun book from Ann McCallum books.

The book we got a copy of is called  Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere - A Fibonacci Tale.  I would say it is designed for elementary school ages.

Ann McCallum is a former math teacher, who has found a really fun, creative way of teaching math.

This book was disguised as a children's book, that someone like A-man would normally have turned his nose up at and thought it would just be a baby book.

At first, he did that very thing and told me I could go ahead and just read it to S-girl and V-girl.  The first time I read it, I was volunteering at the church, answering phones during their staff meeting. (One of the beauties of homeschooling is the ability to pick up and do school wherever you need to be:  doctor's office, with a sick friend/relative, or doing a quick few hours of volunteer work at church.)

A-man was sitting over in the corner, working on his critical thinking work and told me to just go ahead and read the book to his sisters.  He was fine.  He would just keep doing his real work.   LOL

I was a little less than halfway through the book when I noticed he hadn't written anything down in his critical thinking book in a while and was looking every time I turned the book around to show the girls the pictures.  (Don't tell anyone, but secretly like reading books to the kids, library-lady style.  You know....where you have the book pointed at you and then at the end of the page, you flip it around and do a slow pass with the book so the kids can look at the pictures.  I don't know why I love it, probably because once upon a time my dream job was to be a librarian.)

I just kept on reading.

Back to the book!  The illustrations are really well done.  Realistic, rather than cartoonish.  They definitely had a classic look to them.

It tells a story of a town over run with rabbits.  They call in the famed Pied Piper (who it turns out is an egotistical snot)...but he can't get the rabbits to follow him.  So, a little girl named, Amanda, had to figure out the pattern to be successful.

I won't give the whole story away, but it really has some clever turns of phrase and puns - which I love.

A-man read the book by himself when I was done.  His favorite part was the Endnote page that told about the real life Fibonacci and how those number sequences can be found in nature.  The next time the kids ate an apple and banana, they cut into it trying to find the Fibonacci patterns!

This book was a fun way to get a little extra math and number sequencing in front of the kids....and, honestly, just to get them to look at numbers a little differently.  I actually enjoyed it too.  This was a fun one.

You can get a copy of Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere:  A Fibonacci Tale for about $8.00.  It would make a fun Christmas present for grandkids or something.

The TOS Review Crew got to try a few different Ann McCallum books.  Take a look and see what they thought of them.