Fact+Fiction = Novel pedagogy

Tulika, the independent publishing house based in Chennai that produces superb books for children has come up with a winner- their book of mathematics stories entitled Mathematwist.

The title is the least charming thing about the book-  written by T V Padma and illustrated by Proiti Roy- which is a collection of delightful stories, each with a mathematical lesson woven into the text. The stories themselves are set in different lands in different times, so multiplication and weights come to the inquisitive 10 year old via the Roman Army, and factorials are introduced via
a Russian waiter's seating dilemma... Touches like these add to the pedagogy- and hold even adult readers (self included) in rapt attention...

Although it is suggested that the book is appropriate for the 10+ age group, given our school curriculum, younger kids are typically ready for many of the concepts- I found it easy to teach my seven year old daughter many of the "lessons" that are integral to the stories with a change here or there, and the illustrations make the book even more enticing to the younger groups...

The Fact and Fiction series has a few more books- but too few. We really do need more people to write books like this, that can engage children in the world around them without a heavy hand....

In our For Children section, 96 pages, paperback. Rs 175. ISBN 978-81-8146-357-9

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