Morning lovelies – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. First up today, I’m on the blog blitz for Erma Does The Math, a children’s book by Ann Strawn aimed at 6-8 year olds…..
Title: Erma Does The Math
Author: Ann Strawn
Genre: Picture Book, STEM
Estimated page count: 34
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
When Tameka visits her elderly aunt, birthday gift in hand, quirky Aunt Erma puts her to work. As she hangs an old photo Tameka discovers that the women in the picture are 1940’s-era human computers at Langley Jet Propulsion Lab and that her auntie was one of them! She has lots of questions, but Aunt Erma’s price for answers is one math problem each. Tameka keeps up, but the problems get more complex with each question. Remembering the gift, Tameka convinces her auntie to open it. The contents make them both laugh and realize that they’ve learned something about each other.
Tameka visits her aunt on her birthday to give her a birthday present, but her Aunt gets carried away and they start chatting. With each question Tameka has, Erma gives her a maths question. And with every answer, she finds out something new about her Aunt. When she finally opens her present, the gift makes them both laugh as all they’ve been discussing adds up.
This is an educational book for children that will let them work out a little maths, but without the use of a calculator. The sums get more complex as the story moves on (and I’m not sure even I could work them out without a calculator!). The story about Erma is interesting, and turns out to be a pretty true story close to the authors heart, which was lovely. It also covers a little about the struggles African American women used to face, and how, despite this, many women were successful in their careers.
So if you’re looking for a story around mathematics for your child, then this is definitely worth having a look at.
about the author
Ann Strawn lives in Renton Washington with her husband of 34 years, daughter and family dog. She makes her living as a middle school science teacher and truly enjoys the company of kids and teens. She considers her job total immersion training for writing her middle grade novels, THE DOWNLOAD and THE UPDATE.
Ann’s most current project is a picture book about her great aunt Erma Tynes Walker who was a human computer at Langley Airforce Base. Besides writing Ann also enjoys crochet and just hanging out with her family.
Thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me on to the blitz and to Ann for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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