Math lover or not, readers should succumb to the charms of this highly entertaining biography of medieval mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. Book Review: Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. Joseph D’Agnese’s Blockhead is well worth reading, even if you don’t like math. By Shala. Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. Buon giorno! I bid you welcome! Register or simply click to enter. — Leonardo Fibonacci. “ charming and accessible ”.

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Recommended to Lisa by: There are spirals and Fibonacci numbers throughout the illustrations. Numbers, patterns and spirals. Leonardo Fibonacci introduces himself this way: So when our local library displayed this book in tthe new books section, I was thrilled and I picked it up right away!

Blockhead – The Life of Fibonacci

Leonardo finishes his story by relating that even blockhfad he is now old, numbers still delight him, as does the secret Mother Nature cleverly uses to organize the world and even the universe. View all 10 comments. While I am sure there are biographies for older readers, there is something special about introducing young people, age six to nine, to this brilliant mathematician.

In each Leonardo learned new mathematics concepts. Want a good book to introduce yourself to the Fibonacci sequence and a great mathematician? Fibonacci 1 1 Apr 08, Have students try to do a simple math problem using Roman numerals, then do the same blockheas with Arabic numerals. This a somewaht biography of mathmatician Fibonacci The story was well paced and held my attention, details rich and able to use in so many ilfe contentareas.


For instance, on that ifbonacci day while his classmates worked on the problem, Leonardo spent the time gazing out the window. Support Your Local Bookstores. I think D’Agnese does an excellent job of showing children that the natural world is full of numbers. It’s a wonderful story of numbers and a boy’s willingness to devote his energy to the thing he loved the most, despite the name-calling and teasing that it generated.

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Browse All Our Content. But, on the whole, the story works well and conveys some challenging concep At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the blockehad of a long-dead mathematician, of whom very little is actually known, being told in the first person and with some vernacular such as “yuck!

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D’Agnese

What a well written and understandable story about math. Then Fibonacci creates a special box diagram to showcase his sequence of numbers. Have students try to solve the rabbit riddle, then work it out together. His father, embarrassed by his constant daydreaming, moves him to North Africa and forces him to be a merchant. D’Agnese also does an excellent job of presenting the Fibonacci Sequence in way that is easy to understand, although it may be a bit mind boggling to younger readers.

Constantly counting and thinking of numbers, he begins to see mathematical patterns in natu Genre: He wanted Leonardo to become a merchant, and took him to northern Africa to learn the business.

That way, you will always be happy. After his travels, Fibonacci returns to Pisa, but he is again ridiculed by his countrymen. I loved the illustrations. The illustrations are wonderful and the designs incorporate the Fibonacci numbers throughout.


Blocihead March 30th by Henry Holt and Co. The Life of Fibonacci as solely a narrative and thus on a completely textual and thematic level, I could easily and without blochkead hesitation whatsoever be ranking it with a glowing five stars, as the author not only tells the both interesting and important life story of Leonardo Fibonacci and as an engaging, approachable first person narrative at thatthe information on Fibonacci’s math, on his number theories, as well as on his famous “rabbit problem” are depicted, are described in a logical and scientifically sound fashion and in a way that even mathematical failures like I tend to be fibonnacci easily understand and retain.

In Greece he learned geometry, and in Sicily he used division and subtraction. And you, Master Leonardo, what makes you happiest?

There are also lots of ways to split a rectangle that can result in a spiral in a similar manner, so that line of the book felt odd. A page at the back of the book provides some additional biographical information a Leonardo Fibonacci was a mathematician who lived in the middle ages. The book could also be used to discuss bullying and calling someone names and how to respond if someone is making fun of you.