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***Millions to Measure

by David M. Schwartz

pictures by Steven Kellogg

Reviewed June 30, 2003.
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2003.  36 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 530.8 SCH).

David Schwarz and Steven Kellogg are the creators of the wonderful books How Much Is a Million? and If You Made a Million.  This book is another colorful and creative way to convey mathematical information.  It covers the history of measurement and the English (and American) system of measuring length, volume and weight.  Then it continues to explain the metric system and how vastly simpler it is.

The “millions” in the title is only to connect it to the other books.  I would love to be told how long a million miles would really be, but the author sticks with the basic information about measuring things we can more readily imagine.  There is also more information to get across in this book, so it comes out a little more like a catalog of facts than the other books did.  Still, they do manage to make a mathematical subject interesting and accessible to any kid or adult, and for that they have my complete respect.

Review of another book by David M. Schwartz:
If Dogs Were Dinosaurs

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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