The Best Vacation Ever: Level 2: Collecting Data (Mathstart: Level 2 (HarperCollins Hardcover))

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This busy family needs a vacation, but they donít know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! The pig-tailed narrator gathers all this data and makes a chart to help determine the perfect vacation destination. Learning math is fun when a vacation is the answer!

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Stuart J. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is a visual learning specialist with extensive experience in educational publishing and art direction. He is the author of all the books in the MathStart series. Mr. Murphy lives in Evanston, IL.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated many books in her colorful and humorous style, including Oh Cats! by Nola Buck (p. XX) and I Can Tell By Touching by Carolyn Otto. Ms. Westcott lives on Nantucket, MA.

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This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process. A girl with an active, overscheduled family puts math to work to coordinate a family expedition. She uses charts to plot her family's preferences: Should they go far away or remain nearby? Go someplace warm or cold? Have fun or relax? Bring the cat or leave it at home? By tabulating the results the family discovers the majority favors a warm, local, cat-friendly, fun destination (that the family is a democracy is assumed, but then, the goal is math, not civics)--in other words, the backyard. Amiable watercolor illustrations accompany the clumsy rhymes: ``What about excitement?/We'd like some quiet and some rest./We have such a good time here/that a fun place would be best.'' Two pages of instructions are included for imagination-impaired adults (``Ask the child to answer the girl's questions: `How about you? Would you rather take a vacation somewhere warm or cool?' ''). Serviceable fare. (Picture book. 6-11) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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