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July 25, 2013

Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert Book Review

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The yummiest way to learn about charts and graphs.
The eighth book in the popular Sir Cumference series, Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert introduces readers to different methods of collecting data.
Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter are in a pickle. The castle cook is sick and the Harvest Faire is coming up—who will make the special dessert for this annual event? Two bakers in town, Pia of Chartres and Bart Graf, are up to the task. But after sampling Pia’s delicious pies and Bart’s scrumptious cookies, Sir Cumference and Lady Di just can’t choose! They come up with a solution: hold a contest and let the townspeople choose the dessert to be served at the faire.
When Pia and Bart’s methods of tracking their votes fail, they each realize they need to come up with a better system. Pia places a colored candy around the edges of a pie dough and Bart stacks his cookie molds—each color candy or mold shape represents a different kind of pie or cookie. Thus, the pie chart and bar graph are born! But when the contest ends in a tie, Pia and Bart concoct a hybrid recipe that everyone enjoys.
This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Story elements, problem solving tactics, information about how to collect data and interpret and read graphs

Our Review:
Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert Book is a great way to introduce or review bar graph and pie charts with your kids. The story uses pies and cookies to determine how much the bakers need to bake everyday. My 7 year old daughter read this book out loud to me with very little assistance. I helped her with 2 words and she was able to do the rest on her own. Depending on the reading level of your child, I would say that a first grader might have a little difficulty with this book but a second grader should be able to read it without any problems. The Sir Cumference book series explains math in a way that's fun and easy for a child to understand. I would recommend this book without any hesitations.

To buy it, please visit the Charlesbridge online store. You can also locate a retailer near you by visiting the site. Please note that this book is not due for release until August of 2013.


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