Nonfiction Reviews

Professor Bear’s Workbook Alpha Reviews

Reviewed by Rae on

Wonderful resource that explains selected math concepts in a clear, organized, approachable manner. It is geared for 8-11 year-olds, but also great for adults like me who need to give their out-of-shape math muscles a good workout. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction to the topic, definition of terms, and basic problem-solving techniques, followed by ten problems of increasing complexity. There are solutions included at the end of the book, so if you get stuck you can take a little peek. An excellent guide that makes learning math enjoyable and rewarding!

Reviewed by Richard on

I think this book is a very good resource for 4th and 5th grade (8 – 11 year old) kids with an interest in mathematics. It covers a pretty wide range of current topics from combinatorics to probability to three-d geometry. The book requires only the tools of elementary school math, but encourages a variety of problem solving skills. As a workbook there is room for students to keep their ponderings, notes and diagrams in one place. Another thing (unlike many math books) this book also highlights mathematical language and guides students toward learning to express themselves accurately and well–the book begins every chapter with the establishment of agreed upon terms. Another thing I noticed, the book is also a great resource for adults who want to brush up or play around with mathematics. This can create an ideal situation where an adult and a student work together on math that is interesting to both of them.