Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sir Cumerence and the Dragon of Pi

The winner is #3- The Schneiders.

Since March 14th is Pi Day, I thought that our last giveaway would be for Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander.

The Sir Cumference series is one that we love.  This is a series about one of King Arthur's knights, Sir Cumference.  In the first book, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, Sir Cumference helps King Arthur find the right shape for his table.  In this book, Sir Cumference turns into a dragon, and his son, Radius, searches for a magic number known as pi to turn him back into a knight.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment.  To ensure this book is delivered on time for Pi Day, this giveaway will end on March 9th.  Thank you all for participating in my math giveaway!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

The winner is #4, Lynn.

I am sorry that I am so far behind on posting.  I have been sick.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is one of my favorite books.  This book is about a young boy who is forced to become an indentured servant.  He lives in Salem, during the eighteenth century.  He was a mathematical genius who overcame great odds to continue his education after becoming a servant.  His work, "The American Practical Navigator" is still in use.

While this book is not a traditional math book, or even about math, it does show how math is useful in the real world.  I highly recommend this book on these merits, alone.  But, in addition, it is a great story.  It was the winner of the 1956 Newberry medal.  Obviously, it is not a new book, but I have found that old books have much to recommend them.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment.  This giveaway will end on March 8th.