You have probably already discovered The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, but if you haven’t, you are in for a real treat. Add the fact that Paul Erdös is an amazing, unique human being to the fact Heiligman’s passion for her topic is palpable, and the result is one incredibly special children’s picture book biography.
Heiligman’s book explores the life of a boy who thinks about math all day. In fact, he is so busy thinking about numbers that he never really learns to tie his shoes or other basic life skills (his mother and nanny do all those things for him). It isn’t until he is 21 and is attending a meeting of mathematicians for the first time that he butters his own bread!
Messages I love from this book:
- Math can be exciting and interesting
- It is okay to be different from everyone else
The Boy Who Loved Math is as special, lovable and one-of-a-kind as its subject. Share it today!
It was nominated for a Cybils in the Elementary and Middle Grade nonfiction category.
Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 44 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 25, 2013)
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