PIGS AT ODDS by Amy Axelrod

PIGS AT ODDS

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this seventh picture-book title about math, Mr. and Mrs. Pig take the piglets to the county fair for a muddled introduction to probability. The author, a former elementary-school teacher, explains that she decided that “having the pigs take chances on games would be a fun way to learn about probability.” Maybe, but in order to learn about probability, the author would need to spend more time explaining how probability works. She confines her explanations to one page at the end of the book, where she states: “Probability is the chance that something will happen. The probability of you getting a letter in the mail can be anywhere from 0 percent to 100 percent, depending on how many friends you have who write to you!” Actually the probability of getting a letter on any given day is more complicated and hardly random. She states a game is “fair . . . if every player has equal odds, or chances, of winning.” Then she has Mr. Pig try to bounce the basketball into a hoop. He gets a basket on the first try, but misses the next eight shots. Mrs. Pig advises, “Dear, I don’t think the odds are in your favor.” Here it is not a question of odds, but skill. While young children may enjoy the boldly colored illustrations of nattily dressed pigs zipping between rides and games at the fair, they won’t learn much about probability, despite the author’s motto, “Math + Reading = Fun.” (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-81566-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2000




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