The Multiplying Menace Divides
Pam Calvert, author
Pam Calvert received a BS degree from Texas Women's University in 1989 in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In 1990, she received her teaching certificate in all areas of science from Mississippi University for Women and started teaching high school Chemistry and Physics. She stopped teaching to start a family in 1992.
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Wayne Geehan, illustrator
Wayne Geehan, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, has been illustrating books, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for over 20 years. He is the illustrator of Multiplying Menace and Cut Down to Size at High Noon, as well as the Sir Cumference series.
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Science Books & Films
The Multiplying Menace Divides is a sequel to The Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin. In the first book, Rumpelstiltskin was banished to the Abyss of Zero by Peter, son of the king and queen. In this sequel, the concept of division is introduced to young readers. As the story unfolds, Rumpelstiltskin and his sidekick, Matilda, are plotting revenge on Peter. As he searches for his dog, Zero, Peter notices something peculiar: Five of the 10 cows in the field have been turned in to frogs. Peter goes to the palace to tell his parents what is happening and finds that his own father has become a frog. He knows that Rumpelstiltskin must be behind this sorcery. His mother thinks that Matilda is the culprit. Peter tracks her to a cave in the swamp and finds out that she is indeed working with Rumpelstiltskin, who now possesses a magic dividing stick. The stick is used to show how division works, with whole numbers as well as fractions. The story also incorporates division rules for equations involving zero. These concepts will be understood more easily by children who already have a basic knowledge of division. The beautiful acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations by Wayne Geehan add a whimsical element to the story. The author, Pam Calvert, weaves a fairy tale incorporating the rules of division. Young readers ages 7-10 will enjoy the book, which may also be useful for teachers who wish to introduce the math concept of division. The book should, however, be introduced to children after they read The Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin.
If your child is struggling with dividing by whole numbers and fractions, and not fathoming the division rules for equations involving zero, this new title in The Math Adventure series may be helpful.
Pam Culvert uses this story to help get the concepts across in an easy to digest format that may well help your child begin to grasp these math essentials.
Rumpelstiltskin and his sidekick Matilda, introduced in Multiplying Menance: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin, are back and plot revenge against Prince Peter. The dastardly villain is using his magical powers to divide the kingdom into frogs.
It is up to Peter and his dog, Zero, to locate the Great Multipier and find a solution that will break the Great Divide before Rumpelstiltskin has a chance to combine the two mighty math sticks, thus creating further chaos in the kingdom.
Can Prince Peter curb this menace? Will your child master dividing by fractions? Is the mystery of dividing by zero understandable? These and a host of other thorny questions will hopefully be answered as you delve into this math adventure story.
Children seven years of age should be able to handle the math concepts this paperback introduces.
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 9 1/2