Use this storybook guide with the book “Count on Me.” Many public libraries have this book. This book is a Mathical Award winner.
About the Story
A little girl sees that her family and friends have different passions. Dad loves to paint, brother loves music, and friends love to cook or sing. But the little girl doesn’t enjoy any of these activities. She can’t play tennis or the tuba. She doesn’t like karate. Instead, she loves math. She loves finding shapes in the trees and at the playground. She loves thinking about curves. She loves making shapes with her blocks. Her passion is deep and satisfying, too.
Words to Learn
geometric shapes, concentric circles, infinite ways
About the Math
This book is about both math (especially geometry) and more importantly, the passion for math. Children can learn:
- Math is all around us in the world.
- You can see triangles, squares, and more at
- You can see concentric circles in the lake.
- Children have many different passions.
- Your passion doesn’t have to be the same as
- You can love math.
Talk During Reading
- EXPLORE SHAPES
How many different shapes can you find in the playground picture? How many different shapes are there in the picture of the blocks?
- DISCUSS THE GIRL’S FEELINGS
How do you think the girl feels when her friends love to dance but she can’t dance very well? Do you think her friends will find it hard to understand the girl’s passion for math?
- TALK ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S FEELINGS
What is a passion? Do you have a passion? What is it? Do you think girls can love math?
Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!
Activity After Reading
- MAKE LISTS OF PASSIONS
Let’s make a list of some things you are passionate about and some you are not passionate about. Can you make a list like this for some of your friends?