The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus
Gregory’s family is comprised of math enthusiasts and prodigies, so it seems natural that he should share this love of math. But he doesn’t. Gregory K. likes to write. But when it comes time to ask his parents to let him go to author’s camp with his best friend Kelly, it looks like math is the one thing that can get him where he wants to go.
Really, there was only one problem with Mr. Davis, as far as Gregory was concerned; He taught math.
The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. is a great book for kids who don’t like math. It strikes a perfect balance of helping readers to discover that math is not a villain and that it’s okay if you don’t get it even when you try. As long as you do your personal best and don’t give up on yourself, it’s okay if you don’t end up becoming an amazing mathematician.
For the first time in his life, he decided
to focus on his math homework.
Gregory makes for a great role model to people like me who hate math. Unlike me, he had the ability to appreciate math even though he didn’t really care about it. He tackled the textbooks and quiz sheets even though it was hard, and worked with his teacher to get the work done. His math teacher, Mr. Davis, was also a highlight. Instead of trying to turn Gregory into a human calculator, he accepted that math was not going to be Gregory’s ultimate destiny, but was a source of empowerment and encouragement throughout the story.
I would highly recommend The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. for kids who think being bad at math makes them stupid. This book has a clear and simple message that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. We all learn differently, and while some of us may never be good at certain subjects, what’s important is that we try.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ THREE STARS
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