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About Cindy Neuschwander
Got Math? I sure didn't when I was a kid. In fact, I hated it! In third grade I told my mom I had a stomach ache and she said we would go to the doctor. My response? "Yay! I get to miss math!" That gave my mom a clue about my health. It was in my head, not my tummy. Math always seemed so hard to me but it isn't really easy or hard; it's just math. When it seems easy, that means it's understandable. When it seems hard, it's still confusing to you.
When I grew up, I decided to become a teacher. Along the way, I met an amazing teacher who told me she thought teaching math with stories really helped kids learn. I tried it and she was right. There was only one thing stopping me from doing this with my students. There weren't very many math stories. So I decided to write some myself. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table and Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream were my first two books. People seemed to like them and now I have written 17 math picture books.
So thanks for reading about numbers, shapes, and interesting problems. I hope all the silly puns and word play will help you remember the math and make it understandable.
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Sir Cumference and Lady Di discover "Fracton numbers" while purchasing cloth and cheese at the Fracton Faire. While two-fourths may seem like the same as one-half, in truth it denotes two parts of one-half, or two quarters of the whole. But the real mystery is the fact that items at the fair keep disappearing, and Sir C, Lady Di, and the Earl of Fracton must set a numeric trap for the thief, teaching an important lesson along the way about the comparative size of fractions.
Puns--both literal and visual--abound in this fun adventure story with beloved characters and a solid pedagogical foundation.
A fun little math adventure that introduces the basics of fractions to early elementary audiences.
— School Library Journal
King Arthur has hidden his sword, Edgecalibur and issued a challenge to the knights. The first knight to find the sword will be the next king. Can Sir Cumference and Lady Di point Radius's best friend, Vertex in the right direction? Will Vertex's sharp thinking give him the edge?
Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son, Radius, in this new adventure where they race to help Vertex find the sword and discover the secrets of cubes, pyramids, cylinders, and cones.
When Steward Edmund Rounds and Sir Cumference notice that there are strangers camped nearby, Rounds II decides to investigate despite being involved with the task of learning how to make accurate counts of the castle's stores of food, supplies, and weaponry. When he reports back that an enemy is lying in wait, everyone moves quickly to defend the castle. But wait! Will Rounds II be able to figure out how many bows and arrows they have to create an appropriate battle plan? Using rounding techniques to figure out the totals more quickly, Rounds II is just in time to help stave off a potentially disastrous attack. Readers will love making the rounds with Rounds II and the gang in this new installment of the Sir Cumference series that makes math fun and accessible for all.
Sir Cumference and Lady Di need a baker to prepare a special dessert for the annual Harvest Faire. Two bakers compete to see whose dessert is most popular. When Pia of Chartres and Bart Graf have trouble keeping track of the votes their desserts receive, they each develop a better system. Pia places a colored candy around the edges of a pie dough (like a pie chart), and Bart stacks up cookie tins (making a 3D bar graph). When there's a tie, the two chefs cook up a hybrid dessert just in time for the Faire. Puns--both literal and visual--abound in this fun adventure story with beloved characters and a solid pedagogical foundation.
While riding through the forests of Angleland, cousins Per and Radius realize they are lost and are desperate for a map to guide them home. Soon they come across a mysterious house in the hills. Inside they find a map to a treasure belonging to Xaxon Yellowbearyd, the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Per and Radius must decode the strange numbered grid on the map, while trying to steer clear of the pack of bungling bandits who are on their tail. Will they find the treasure in time?
Cindy Neuschwander delivers yet another intriguing math adventure featuring the well-known characters of Angleland. Readers will enjoy following Per and Radius in their quest while learning how coordinate geometry relates to everyday life. Wayne Geehan’s beautiful illustrations offer a bit of comic relief, while also clearly demonstrating the concepts explored in the story.