OK, some truth-telling to get out of the way.
1. I am not exactly super-great at math.
2. But I sort of LOVE math.
3. At least the idea of math.
4. Especially in the contrarian form of female-person-who-is-a-big-reader-and-isn't-expected-to-be-able-to-add-but-can.
5. I blew off math after the requirements in high school, did some desultory attempts in college then stopped. I regret this.
All of which is in some way to explain my distinct pleasure when Chestnut came home from school all revved up and thrilled, waving this around:
See, I already love Louis Sachar. And I love the Wayside School series, which devotes some real passion towards being really as silly as kids like to be. And to see the two of them along for the ride with math? An absolute pleasure.
Not to mention watching Chestnut so, so happy, sort of walking around with the book all over the house with exaggerated casualness, as in "Oh this? This is just my cool math book, because I'm really good at math and I like to do silly stuff and math is sort of cool, you know? No big deal or anything." The book gave her such a powerful sense of ownership—this is my book; it speaks to me.
And that perfect intimacy is where happiness is made, I think.
So thanks (again!), Louis Sachar. Way to spread the joy around.
4 thoughts on “Math Nerds Rule the World!”
I used this book when I was teaching 6th grade math. It is truly excellent and one of my favorite kid math books of all time.
Great for Chestnut — what a wonderful feeling to have a book speak to you. (Like when Holden Caulfield wanted to call up the author of a book he liked. Like, you know? Geez, get a vocabulary… ) Also: how did I not know that you weren’t good at math? I think of you as super-geniusy. (Somehow google doesn’t think that’s a word. Geez, Google, you get a vocabulary.)
That book is so friendly that even I liked it, and I am definitely not a math nerd. I wonder if it would be good for kids who aren’t afraid of math, exactly, but are maybe hesitant or unsure of their abilities.
Wow, super-geniusy. Whatever I was doing to make you think that, I’d better keep doing it. I would love that sort of misinformation to become legion! (Is that an option for information?)