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Little Zero the Seafarer [Captain One's frigate] (1968)
Vladimir Levshin
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Contributed by Sergey Shakhness

[This Russian children's novel] is about the titular character (who appears in the other books [by Levshin]), sailing from the A bay through arithmetical, algebraical and geometrical seas, learning about convergent series, conic sections, integrals and a lot more.

The beloved books by Levshin do not seem to have been translated into English, but can be read for free in Russian at

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GenreFantasy, Didactic, Children's Literature,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Analysis/Calculus/Differential,
MediumNovels, Picture Book,

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