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Nena's Math Force (2005)
Susan Jarema

This picture book for children, which is available for free online and also in print, tells the story of a girl who is upset when her math teacher requires the class to do arithmetic without a calculator. Her uncle, a wizard named El Mundo, and a team of expert witnesses including Archimedes, Galileo, Da Vinci, Mozart and Cleopatra argue that in math, it is important to understand what you're doing and to be able to do some basic mental computation.

Contributed by Anonymous

The plot seems extremely forced and the narrative is rather preachy. The story was quite dull for my students. The pictures weren't very interesting either.

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Ratings for Nena's Math Force:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
1/5 (1 votes)

GenreFantasy, Children's Literature,
MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumAvailable Free Online, Picture Book,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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