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The Art of Problem-Solving

by Greg Tang & illustrated by Greg Paprocki

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-44388-1
Publisher: Scholastic

The author of several other highly praised math books has another winner in this combination of math and art history. Each two-page spread contains the reproduction of a famous painting identified by artist and date, a series of rhymed couplets describing the painting and proposing a problem, and a series of objects from the painting that are to be grouped and counted in various ways. A Monet water lily painting is accompanied by several groups of water lilies, and instructions to “Try grouping LILIES to make 8, / FOUR smart ways would be just great!” Dalí’s Persistence of Memory is accompanied by a verse entitled “Time Warp,” which includes these lines: “Is it a dream or is it real? / It’s hard to know when art’s surreal.” Attractive and intriguing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)