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Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland: A Math Adventure

By Cindy Neuschwander
Illustrator Wayne Geehan
Publisher Charlesbridge Publishing

If you're a knight of Angleland, geometry just naturally seems to find its way into your life, whether through learning to ride knightly right angles or visiting "a cute" town where the cottages all have steeply angled roof tops. Radius, son of Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter, is determined to become a knight by undertaking a quest to find King Lell. His quest takes him to a castle full of hidden pitfalls and things that go bump in the dark. Attached to the door of the castle is a riddle that will help him find his way through the maze of dangers within. His mother gave him an old family heirloom, whose exact purpose has been forgotten, as he set out on his quest. This medallion has strange markings that prove to be the exact tool Radius needs to solve the mystery of the riddles and the many angles he must measure to find the true path. The book comes with a replica paper medallion that bears a remarkable resemblance to a protractor.

You'll probably want to read this picture book once through for the story and then again to go on a geometry hunt in the book. After reading this one, children will be hard pressed to forget what constitutes a right, acute, or obtuse angle. You'll have to read the book to discover what the term parallel has to do with a pair of Lells.


Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

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