Math and Poetry Fun with Sidney the Silly & Friends
By M.W. Penn
Illustrated by Sarah Tommer
Gumboot Books 2008
Join Sidney the Silly and his friends in the palace for 100 pages of poetry and math games. Symmetric Ella Even, Oscar the Odd Job Man, Skinny Minnie who only eats 1, Picky Nicky who seldom eats any, Porcuprime and others who live within the palace walls pose problems in verse and solve quandaries in rhyme. They also explore the similarities between verse and meter, pattern and order. In the words of beloved children’s author Eileen Spinelli, “Math and poetry belong together. MW Penn proves it.”
A poem from the book:
Porcuprime likes 1 and 2 and 3 and 5 and 7.
He avoids 8, 9, and 10, but really likes 11.
Though he hides in horror from the 12 that falls between,
Porcuprime is crazy ‘bout that prickly 13.