Reviews for Cheetah Math : Learning About Division from Baby Cheetahs

Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #2
Nagda once again illustrates the many uses of mathematics in the real world in her latest zoo title. This is the story of Majani and his sister, Kubali, cheetah cubs who were hand-raised after their mother's illness. Readers will be fascinated to learn about the cubs' training as animal ambassadors for the zoo. The tale largely follows the cheetahs and their growing friendships with their dog buddies, pairings meant to help the cheetahs stay calm around park visitors. Young children will easily be drawn to the two cubs, as Nagda brings their distinct personalities to life, both through the text and accompanying photographs. Following the same successful format as her four earlier titles in the series, the right-hand pages tell the story of the baby cheetahs, while the left-hand pages introduce readers to the vocabulary and concepts of division, using graphs and unit representations to illustrate math problems. Several methods are taught, and while the explanations are accurate, many will require an adult to walk the child through it. A great addition to both the math and wild-animal conservation bookshelves. (Nonfiction. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 3-5-- Each spread includes division problems that revolve around the big cats on the left and facts about the birth and development of two baby cheetahs, Majani and Kubali, on the right. The color photography is outstanding. Division is defined along with the meaning of dividend, divisor, and quotient. The math problems are written in equation form and depicted pictorially by grouping with hundreds, tens, and ones, and through charts and graphs. The relationship between division and repeated subtraction is also explained. Topics covered about the cheetahs include food, physical growth, running speed, and possible extinction. This book can be used in conjunction with Panda Math (2005), Chimp Math (2002), Polar Bear Math (2004), and Tiger Math (2000, all Holt), which address subtraction, time, fractions, and graphs, respectively. This is a wonderful cross-curricular book and an appealing way to introduce math.--Ann Joslin, Fort LeBoef School District, Waterford, PA

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