In Anno’s Magic Seeds, Mitsumasa Anno cleverly weaves mathematics into a story of Jack, a wizard, and a plant. At the beginning of the story, the wizard gives Jack two seeds and tells him to eat one seed and plant the other seed. In the fall, the planted seed is supposed to grow and give Jack two more seeds. As the child follows the story of Jack and his magic plant, Anno asks the child to draw upon their knowledge of addition, subtraction,and multiplication. The author asks questions that you can solve with your child to keep them engaged in the story and learning math. The math problems get progressively more difficult as the story goes on and the seeds continue to reproduce. Anno’s Magic Seeds teaches children that math can be fun, practical, and profitable. Anno encourages you to plant the seeds of knowledge in your child and allow them to multiply. Anno’s Magic Seeds is a fun and exciting way to introduce word problems and basic operations to your child. For parents with children in the Palo Alto/ Menlo Park area, I recommend heading to the Books Inc. at Town and Country or Kepler’s and picking up this wonderful read.

For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.