*Go Figure! A Totall cool book about numbers*This colorful and well-laid out book is an excellent addition to your mathematics library. It begins at the beginning, with an entire section devoted to the history of counting and numbers. In my experience, this is a critical step in learning about mathematics that is often neglected. The other sections are titled, "Magic Numbers," Shaping Uo," and "The world of Math." The book is filled with interesting puzzles and activities with answers provided in the back. Also included is a very useful 4-page "Who's who" timeline of important figures in the history of mathematics. Carol Vordermarn's

*How Math Works: 100 ways parents and kids can share the wonders of mathematics*resembles a science experiment book. It is chockful activities with step by step instructions and actual photographs of the experiments. This a thorough selection covering many topics as well as mathematics history. Major topics include: numbers, proportions, algebra, statistics, measurement, shape, and thinking