• Title: A Very Improbable Story: A Math Adventure
  • Author: Adam Gustavson, Edward Einhorn
  • Released: 2008-01-15
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 1570918724
  • ISBN13: 978-1570918728
  • ASIN: 1570918724
From This picture book for older children introduces the idea of probability using a funny, fantastical premise: A boy named Ethan wakes up with a talking cat on the top of his head. The cat informs Ethan that he’ll get off his head if Ethan wins a game of probability. After cartwheels, jumping jacks, and a shower don’t remove the cat, Ethan decides to play along. The two consider  a variety of everyday household groupings—coins, socks, marbles, cereal shapes, and even soccer strategies—and eventually Ethan goes from haphazard guessing to a real sense of  odds and outcomes. Einhorn moves this math lesson quickly along, spurring it with Ethan’s oft-repeated need to get to his soccer game within the hour—and without the cat. Gustavson’s appealing oil paintings, which depict Ethan and his little sister in all their befuddled wonder, match well with Einhorn’s quirky text and premise. They are full of energy, odd angles, and offbeat perspectives, and kids will want to give them more than a passing glance. Grades 1-3. --Abby Nolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author Edward Einhorn is the author of The Living House of Oz (Hungry Tiger Press), a centennial sequel to the Wizard of Oz series. He lives in New York City.

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