Eat Your Math Homework

Recipes for Hungry Minds
Gr 5—7—These edible math projects highlight six significant concepts. Each entry includes a brief narrative explanation, followed by cooking instructions that demonstrate the concept in a practical and hands-on way. From "Fibonacci Snack Sticks" (a simple, no-cook kabob recipe) to the more complicated Tessellating Two-Color Brownies" and "Variable Pizza Pi," the recipes will appeal to most youthful palates. The book is heavily illustrated with digitally enhanced cartoon-style pictures of anthropomorphic animals that, unfortunately, lend the presentation a younger tone than the content demands. Overall, though, larger collections may want to consider this worthwhile attempt to bring math learning into the classroom or family kitchen in a lively way.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
McCallum makes difficult math concepts more accessible by bringing them into the kitchen. Recipes ranging from easy to complex yield foods in shapes and sizes that can be manipulated to illustrate math ideas (e.g., tortillas are cut into halves, thirds, etc., to better visualize fractions). Illustrations star exuberant and goofy bunny chefs. Glos., ind.

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