I have three criteria for an excellent children’s math book: 1) it has to be exciting and intelectually accessible for children, 2) it has to hold *my* interest 3) it has to have good math.

*The Grapes of Math* by Gregory Tang, illustrated by Harry Briggs meets all of these criteria. Ostensibly it is a counting book, with lots of practice with mental addition and multiplication. Normally I would have no interest in such a book, so I was skeptical when my wife handed this one to me, but in truth this book is more about deep pattern-recognition schema fundamental to mathematics, while being appropriate for even the youngest children. I will say no more and let you check it out for yourself.

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