A love of maths provides the magic for friendship beneath a galaxy of stars.
Maddie loves spotting maths in the everyday; the light that casts shadows of parallel lines on her bedroom wall, the fractions that form part of her piano practice, the symmetry in flowers in the garden and the patterns in dad’s paving. She longs for a friend who sees the magic in maths but Grace and Olivia prefer dolls over degrees and icing rather than integers. Will a trip to the observatory with new girl Priya be a match made in maths heaven…
(Maths + Learning) x Friendship = Magic! Featuring a galaxy of mathematical vocabulary (definitions can be found on the starry endpapers), Count the Stars is a brilliant and heartfelt STEM-themed story of a maths-obsessed young girl who finds the perfect friend under a starlit sky. Charmingly illustrated and gently told, Maddie’s story will help develop a love of maths and is sure to get children spotting the joys of number, shape and measurement in the everyday. Maths is everywhere if you know where to look for it and Maddie is a fantastic and inspiring character who certainly knows how much maths exists in the world.
Like Maddie I love maths but I’m very aware that not everyone feels the same way. Maddie’s passion for the thing that makes her tick is also the thing that isolates her from her peers. The challenges and frustrations she experiences with others who don’t like what she does or see the world in the same way are all gently explored. The importance of a supportive adult in a young life and the joys in ultimately finding somebody to share your passion with are also highlighted.
Mathematically minded or not, this story will open young eyes to how they are frequently using maths principles when they least except it. Everyone can be a mathematician, and with Maddie shining a light on the joys of fractions, time, money and shape, who wouldn’t want to be one!
Recommended for 3+.
With huge thanks to Walker for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.