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Monday, March 16, 2009

Math Doesn't Suck by Danica Mckellar

Well, the title does, doesn't it? And to top it off, there's an advertisement on the book cover for: Horoscope Inside!
So, why do I bother to review it?

Other than that, this is grand. If you're looking for a book to let a math-reluctant middle school girl start understanding: fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents for middle-school, this is a fun book for it. The fact is, middle school girls like it. A lot. So, check it out before you chuck it over the title/horoscope (my local library had it.)

The horoscope tells you about your approach to math according to what your sign is. Like the rest of the book, it takes a goofy approach, like mascara and cute boys and horoscopes, and turns them into math lessons. For example, the title for Converting Percents to and from Decimals and Fractions is "Sale of the Century!"

Unlike Seventeen magazine where you start with a catchy title and go into often more heinous and detailed articles that have succumbed to the culture of death, these titles are catchy gimmicks that segue the girl-reader into math.

And you won't believe who the author is! Did her name ring a bell? I'm not telling! Go...find out yourself. Just make sure to talk to your daughter about horoscopes and the church's teaching first.

Teaching Moment:

See Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Divination and Magic: 2116

Rating: 2 Vatican Flags


Megan June 19, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

I know who it is! Never missed a show!

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