Here Come the Numbers is a rhyming picture book. Each page of Here Come the Numbers features rhymes about numbers alongside illustrations of the ideas involved. At first glance, it looks like a children’s book, and it starts as many children’s maths books start: with small positive integers. But unlike many children’s maths books, it doesn’t stop there.
Here Come the Numbers quickly goes beyond the topics contained in your usual learning-to-count book. It introduces the reader to prime numbers, with illustrations of rectangles of objects to show factorisations, before touching on Pythagorean triples, negative number, and even Fermat’s last theorem. It does this while maintaining the easy-to-read and child-friendly style.
In a few places in the book, the reader is encourage to think about something, for example which squares can be broken into two smaller squares. These prompts provide the reader with opportunities to investigate mathematical ideas themselves.
The ideas in Here Come the Numbers are very clearly articulated, and the illustrations work really well alongside the text to make the ideas easy to visualise.
I would strongly recommend this to parents of young children, and I am eagerly awaiting the day when my niece is old enough to read it with her.
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