Toads and tessellations : a math adventure

by Morrisette, S.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j MORRISETTE S
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j MORRISETTE S
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC MORRISETTE
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
"Enzo is the son of a great magician, however unlike his father, his spells create chaos instead of order. What really interests Enzo, more than books about magic, are books by and about the lives of famous physicists and astronomers like Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler. Enzo dreams not of becoming a magician, but a mathematician instead. When Tessel, the village shoemaker, is called upon to make twelve identical shoes out of only one piece of leather, Aida, the shoemaker's sister, goes to Enzo's father for some magic to help her brother. With Enzo's father out of town at a magic convention, it's up to Enzo to help Aida and Tessel out of their predicament. A spell snafu leads Enzo and Aida to a method of forming patterns without gaps or overlaps, and they discover that math, not magic, may be the answer to their problem. Sharon Morisette's accessible text introduces readers to the concept of tessellations, while Philomena O'Neill's illustrations offer a clear visual to what tiling is children will enjoy finding the tessellations hidden throughout the images. Back matter includes a glossary and notes about tessellations, Galileo, and Kepler."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The son of a great mago, Enzo isn't a very good magician. Actually, he dreams of becoming a grande matematico like Galileo or Kepler. Enzo tries to help a shoemaker figure out how to cut the pieces for 12 shoes from a single piece of leather, but when he misspeaks a spell, he turns the craftsman into a toad, then a goat. Putting magic aside, Enzo looks at the problem geometrically, rearranges the shapes, and finds a way to cut the pieces with minimal waste. While the story presents informational content through whimsical fiction, the broadly dramatic line-and-watercolor illustrations could have been more helpful in clarifying the concept of tessellation, particularly in the main example of shoemaking. The information in the glossary and notes seems more appropriate for an older audience. Still, the story and back matter at least introduce the concept of tessellation to young children. For larger collections.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In an inventive but somewhat pedantic story about math, Enzo-a wizard's son-struggles to perform spells, which only result in messes. When Enzo's father is away, the miserly castle housekeeper demands that a shoemaker, Tessel, make 12 pairs of shoes for as many dancing princesses-and all from a single piece of leather. When Enzo tries to lend his magic to stretch the leather, he inadvertently transforms Tessel into a toad, and later a goat. Eventually, Enzo learns that he can use the concept of tessellation (tiling) to design and construct the shoes without leaving any leftover scraps of fabric. Though readers may struggle to understand tessellation from the story itself, a closing section provides further detail. O'Neill creates a cheery medieval Italian village with her light watercolors. Ages 7-10. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Magicians -- Juvenile fiction.
Apprentices -- Juvenile fiction.
Shoemakers -- Juvenile fiction.
Tessellations (Mathematics) -- Juvenile fiction.
Mathematics -- Fiction.
Picture books for children.
Publisher Watertown, MA :Charlesbridge,2012
Other Titles Toads & tessellations
Contributors O'Neill, Philomena.
Language English
Description 31 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781580893541
9781580893558 (pbk.)
9780329953928 (Follett bdg.)
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