J. Patrick Lewis, former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate and author of Take Two! A Celebration of Twins and World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of, among many others, had written Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems, illustrated by Michael Slack. In Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems, not only does Lewis parody poems by greats like Poe, Whitman, Edward Lear, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes and Shel Silverstein, but he weaves in math problems! There is even a Who's Who of the poets parodied with brief biographies.
Lewis does a great job of following the rhyme and structure of the original poems, Silverstein's being a perfect example. Written in the style of, Boa Constrictor, a girl is being eaten by a hippopotamus. Eating 4% of the narrator at a time, the math problem asks how many bites will it take?
Fractions, percentages, decimals, money and area, along with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, are skills needed to solve the problems, for which the answers are printed upside down on the page. Michael Slack's illustrations are colorful and humorous and make a great addition to Lewis's poems.
Source: Review Copy
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