# Storybook Guide Based on Miguel Tanco’s “Count on Me”

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## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “Count on Me.”
Many public libraries have this book. This book is a Mathical Award winner.

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

MATH WORDS
geometric shapes, concentric circles, infinite ways

OTHER WORDS
passion, difficult

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
the playground.
• 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.
• 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?