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Rebecca Rissman is an award-winning children's author and editor. Her writing has been praised by School Library Journal, Booklist, Creative Child Magazine, and Learning Magazine. She has written more than 200 books about history, culture, science, and art. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking.
Gr 2-4-These well-organized volumes offer practical advice on the best way to improve in the four areas named in the titles. Each one describes how a particular skill will have an application either in current day-to-day activities or at some point in the future. For example, the first book discusses how math might be used in a future job as an astronaut, or even when simply following a recipe for a favorite cookie. The books emphasize the need for daily practice and provide clear explanations of fundamental principles. Each "Top Tip" is followed by a "Test That Tip" example that allows students to see the suggestions in action. The books all feature lively cartoon illustrations and crisp photographs. While children might not approach these books on their own, they will make great introductions for teachers to jump start instruction.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.