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Last to Finish

A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class

Book - 2008
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Max Leonard is convinced that he will never succeed with memorizing his multiplication tables; and his brain "freezes" during timed tests. But to everyone's surprise, Max has been completing algebra problems sets in his spare time! Max, his parents and teachers are amazed by his math "potential."
Publisher: Ocean City, MD : Mainstream Connections, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781603364560
1603364560
Characteristics: 29 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm

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JCLBeckyC Aug 20, 2016

Slow and steady wins the race, right? This is a great book to help kids who experience anxiety over timed math tests understand that they are not alone, and, in fact, they just might be kinda special. As the mom of a gifted kid who freaks out when the teacher whips out the timer, I recommend this book for kids and caregivers to read together to foster discussion about math anxiety. I like this quote from the back of the book: "Surprisingly, many of history's greatest mathematicians have been slow calculators. Kudos to Barb Esham for this wise and witty reminder of the difference between rote memorization and higher math reasoning. A perfect book for the child whose passion for exploring the magical world of mathematics is in danger of floundering upon the shoals of the 'mad math minute.'" - Drs. Brock and Fernette, authors of The Mislabled Child.

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courtws
Mar 20, 2016

Peculiar misfit of a book about a third grade boy (this is a picture book?) who gets algebra concepts (not sure preschoolers will even know what that IS). While the idea of smart students showing their brilliance in odd ways is a good one to capture in a story for younger kids, this seemed to be more an idea that should have been developed into a chapter book.

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JSadler123
Oct 03, 2015

I use this book to help mys students understand that they should slow down and take their time on their work! They really liked it and it helped many of them before we took our first math test!

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