Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 1997. MARVELOUS MATH: A BOOK OF POEMS. Illustrated by: Karen Barbour. New York: Simon
and Schster Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 0689806582.
Lee Bennett Hopkins has put together a wonderfully fun anthology of mathematics poems. He has included
such poets as David McCord, Karla Kuskin, Janet S. Wong, and Mary O'Neill. Using rhymed and open verse Hopkins
has selected poems that allow children to see math in a completely different way. Through poems such as "To Build a
House," "Time Passes," and the title poem "Marvelous Math" Hopkins models how math is used in one's daily life.
In "Marvelous Math" Rebecca Kai Dotlich asks, How fast does a New York taxi go?/What size is Grandpa's attic?/How old is the
oldest dinosaur?/The answer is in mathematics!/.../How fast does lightning travel?/How slow do feathers fall?/How many miles
to Istanbul?/Mathematics knows it all! Karen Barbour 's illustrations bring the poems to life as she uses creative,
colorful artwork that details a world with and without mathematics. This is a great book that provides a unique and
different perspective on math and is a perfect book to introduce new math concepts. MARVELOUS MATH: A BOOK OF POEMS is
a must have for all classrooms to generate enthusiasm for math as well as encourage students to write their own poetry about