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Last to Finish,  A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class

Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class

Spring 2008 Homework Helpers
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Author: Barbara Esham
Illustrator: Carl Gordon
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
ISBN: 978-1-60336-456-0
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Last to Finish tells the story of Max, a third grader who struggles tremendously with timed multiplication tests. We learn that when he takes his time, he solves all problems correctly, but that he is unable to replicate this success when the timer is going. Max worries and struggles until the school principal, Mr. Singleton, finds Max's math folder. When the Mr. Singleton checks inside the folder, he realizes that Max has been practicing the algebra assigned to his older brother.

Along with Max, readers learn that there are different ways to "be smart" in a subject. As Mr. Singleton explains, Max is the kind of kid who has a deep understanding of the way that numbers work, and this is a skill separate from memorizing math facts. Max is surprised to learn that he is, in fact, a bright mathematician - he just learns differently than some of his classmates.

Jenny Rich   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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