Monday, November 15, 2021

Erma Does the Math by Ann Strawn - Book Tour & Review

Erma Does The Math

When Tameka visits her elderly aunt, birthday gift in hand, quirky Aunt Erma puts her to work. As she hangs an old photo Tameka discovers that the women in the picture are 1940’s-era human computers at Langley Jet Propulsion Lab and that her auntie was one of them! She has lots of questions, but Aunt Erma’s price for answers is one math problem each. Tameka keeps up, but the problems get more complex with each question. Remembering the gift, Tameka convinces her auntie to open it. The contents make them both laugh and realize that they’ve learned something about each other.

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My Review
Erma Does the Math is a delightful children's book with lovely illustrations. It's also wonderfully educational, but in a way that will appeal to young readers (even if the math may be a bit hard for them at first). There isn't just math to learn within the pages. There's also some history too. 
I found the "conversation" (aka the story) between Erma and Tameka to be enlightening and fun. It was interesting to see both metric and imperial measurements used, too. Grams/cups, Celsius/Fahrenheit, meters/feet, etc. It will definitely teach young readers some new, interesting things, that's for sure.
I rather enjoyed this story, and I like how it was both entertaining and educational. I would definitely recommend this to parents of young readers, and even older readers, because you're never too old to keep learning.
5 stars!

Author Bio – Ann Strawn lives in Renton Washington with her husband of 34 years, daughter and family dog. She makes her living as a middle school science teacher and truly enjoys the company of kids and teens. She considers her job total immersion training for writing her middle grade novels, THE DOWNLOAD and THE UPDATE.

Ann’s most current project is a picture book about her great aunt Erma Tynes Walker who was a human computer at Langley Airforce Base. Besides writing Ann also enjoys crochet and just hanging out with her family.

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