MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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Many Moons (1943)
James Thurber
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In this famous children's tale about a princess who wants the moon, "the mathematician" is one of three wisemen who shows himself not to be so wise. (The jester, on the other hand,...)

Contributed by Tiffini

It was a very intertaining story and included things like people guessing at how far away the moon is. My daughter who is only 2 years old enjoyed it. As far as providing any REAL math help, though, it's probably not that good a choice. I would use it more for "what if" questions.

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Ratings for Many Moons:
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Mathematical Content:
1.5/5 (4 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.66/5 (9 votes)
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