{"id":1777816833,"title":"Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi","handle":"sir-cumference-and-the-dragon-of-pi","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Cindy Neuschwander\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/cindy-neuschwander\"\u003eCindy Neuschwander\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Wayne Geehan\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/wayne-geehan\"\u003eWayne Geehan\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCan Radius save Sir Cumference from a fire-breathing fate?\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and Radius are back in their second Math Adventure! This time, a potion has changed Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. Can Radius change him back?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJoin Radius on his quest through the castle to solve a riddle that will reveal the cure. It lies in discovering the magic number that is the same for all circles. This magic number, pi, will restore Sir Cumference to his former shape.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"The Sir Cumference Math Adventure series\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/collections\/sir-cumference-math-adventures\"\u003eThe Sir Cumference Math Adventure series\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/sir-cumference-dragon-of-pi-spread.jpg?8424641146740181763\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCindy Neuschwander, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCindy Neuschwander is a native Californian, but she has lived in many places, including Germany, England, Austria, and Hawaii. As a mathematics education specialist, Cindy sought ways to make math fun, interesting, and comprehensible to her students. In 1992, while living in England, Cindy began working on her first book with this goal in mind.\u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and the First Round Table\u003c\/i\u003e took five years to reach publication, but it remains a very popular book for its presentation of math concepts as well as for its amusing and exciting story. It has been followed by further adventures of Sir Cumference and his family. In her spare time, when she isn't writing or dreaming up new math adventures, Cindy enjoys activities with her family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Cindy Neuschwander\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/cindy-neuschwander\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Cindy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWayne Geehan, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWayne Geehan, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, has been illustrating books, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for over 20 years. When he isn't painting in his Massachusetts studio, he enjoys being with his family, reading, and researching his family's genealogy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Wayne Geehan\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/wayne-geehan\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Wayne.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di, are back in another math adventure. As the hosts of a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, the couple needs to organize a growing number of guests for events to run smoothly. After several fumbling attempts to count the crowd, Sir Cumference realizes that the simplest way to figure out the total is to group the guests into tens, hundreds, and ultimately thousands. This system allows the royal celebration to take place without a hitch, resulting in a happy ending for all. Children will enjoy the lesson built into this tale and identify with the birthday-party theme. While the story can be enjoyed independently, most youngsters would benefit from sharing the book with an adult to fully understand the place value system. The math concept is explained in more detail in an author’s note. The painterly acrylic illustrations convey the action with humorous exaggeration and amusing details (the depiction of a farmer and his wife is reminiscent of Grand Wood’s American Gothic). Libraries in which this series is popular will want to consider purchasing this title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Midwest Book Review\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and All the King's Tens\u003c\/i\u003e is a Math Adventure book for elementary age children that uses the king's surprise birthday celebration for a chance to learn to count by tens. Surprise party guest attendance must be counted quickly because Lady Di and Sir Cumference, the host and hostess for the birthday party, need to know how many guests to feed for lunch and dinner. In a comical series of preparation adventures, Sir Cumference and Lady Di count guests by tens, hundreds, and even thousands, using a system known as \"place value\" for their numbers. How many guests attend in total, and does the gloomy king finally smile and enjoy his birthday party? Inquisitive budding math minds will want to know, so pages will painlessly turn and numbers will effortlessly be learned in \u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and All the King's Men\u003c\/i\u003e, a math masterpiece!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContinuing the adventure of Sir Cumference and the Lady Di Ameter with a place-value focus, this tells the story of guests arriving for a surprise birthday party for the king. When large numbers of people start to appear,so does the problem of getting an accurate count for lunch and dinner acommodations. Several methods are explored before the idea of creating groups of tens, hundreds, and then thousands are introduced to garner and accurate count.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe book also includes the idea of writing large numbers in expanded notation. 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As a mathematics education specialist, Cindy sought ways to make math fun, interesting, and comprehensible to her students. In 1992, while living in England, Cindy began working on her first book with this goal in mind.\u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and the First Round Table\u003c\/i\u003e took five years to reach publication, but it remains a very popular book for its presentation of math concepts as well as for its amusing and exciting story. It has been followed by further adventures of Sir Cumference and his family. In her spare time, when she isn't writing or dreaming up new math adventures, Cindy enjoys activities with her family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Cindy Neuschwander\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/cindy-neuschwander\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Cindy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWayne Geehan, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWayne Geehan, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, has been illustrating books, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for over 20 years. When he isn't painting in his Massachusetts studio, he enjoys being with his family, reading, and researching his family's genealogy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Wayne Geehan\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/wayne-geehan\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Wayne.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di, are back in another math adventure. As the hosts of a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, the couple needs to organize a growing number of guests for events to run smoothly. After several fumbling attempts to count the crowd, Sir Cumference realizes that the simplest way to figure out the total is to group the guests into tens, hundreds, and ultimately thousands. This system allows the royal celebration to take place without a hitch, resulting in a happy ending for all. Children will enjoy the lesson built into this tale and identify with the birthday-party theme. While the story can be enjoyed independently, most youngsters would benefit from sharing the book with an adult to fully understand the place value system. The math concept is explained in more detail in an author’s note. The painterly acrylic illustrations convey the action with humorous exaggeration and amusing details (the depiction of a farmer and his wife is reminiscent of Grand Wood’s American Gothic). Libraries in which this series is popular will want to consider purchasing this title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Midwest Book Review\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and All the King's Tens\u003c\/i\u003e is a Math Adventure book for elementary age children that uses the king's surprise birthday celebration for a chance to learn to count by tens. Surprise party guest attendance must be counted quickly because Lady Di and Sir Cumference, the host and hostess for the birthday party, need to know how many guests to feed for lunch and dinner. In a comical series of preparation adventures, Sir Cumference and Lady Di count guests by tens, hundreds, and even thousands, using a system known as \"place value\" for their numbers. How many guests attend in total, and does the gloomy king finally smile and enjoy his birthday party? Inquisitive budding math minds will want to know, so pages will painlessly turn and numbers will effortlessly be learned in \u003ci\u003eSir Cumference and All the King's Men\u003c\/i\u003e, a math masterpiece!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContinuing the adventure of Sir Cumference and the Lady Di Ameter with a place-value focus, this tells the story of guests arriving for a surprise birthday party for the king. When large numbers of people start to appear,so does the problem of getting an accurate count for lunch and dinner acommodations. Several methods are explored before the idea of creating groups of tens, hundreds, and then thousands are introduced to garner and accurate count.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe book also includes the idea of writing large numbers in expanded notation. This book is engaging and an excellent way to incorporate literacy and mathematics. The biggest strength of this book is its introduction of counting and the importance of having an organized system for counting. Used in tandem with the other books in the series, students are introduced to different math topics with a familiar cast of characters. After the story, an additional page makes more connections between the story and place value, with suggestions of ways students can use the imagery in the book to help understand the value of a big number the next time they see one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI recommend this book, as well as other in the series, to teachers looking for an engaging way to incorporate math and literacy into their classroom.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/sir-cumference-dragon-of-pi-cvr.jpg?3626165307634417616\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/sir-cumference-dragon-of-pi-hires.zip?3626165307634417616\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePaperback\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-164-4\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e E-book \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-556-5 EPUB\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-151-2 PDF\u003cbr\u003eFor information about purchasing e-books, \u003ca title=\"E-books\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 8-12\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 9 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

By: Cindy Neuschwander / Illustrated by: Wayne Geehan

Can Radius save Sir Cumference from a fire-breathing fate?

Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and Radius are back in their second Math Adventure! This time, a potion has changed Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. Can Radius change him back?

Join Radius on his quest through the castle to solve a riddle that will reveal the cure. It lies in discovering the magic number that is the same for all circles. This magic number, pi, will restore Sir Cumference to his former shape.

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Cindy Neuschwander, author

Cindy Neuschwander is a native Californian, but she has lived in many places, including Germany, England, Austria, and Hawaii. As a mathematics education specialist, Cindy sought ways to make math fun, interesting, and comprehensible to her students. In 1992, while living in England, Cindy began working on her first book with this goal in mind.Sir Cumference and the First Round Table took five years to reach publication, but it remains a very popular book for its presentation of math concepts as well as for its amusing and exciting story. It has been followed by further adventures of Sir Cumference and his family. In her spare time, when she isn't writing or dreaming up new math adventures, Cindy enjoys activities with her family.

Read more about Cindy.


Wayne Geehan, illustrator

Wayne Geehan, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, has been illustrating books, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for over 20 years. When he isn't painting in his Massachusetts studio, he enjoys being with his family, reading, and researching his family's genealogy.

Read more about Wayne.

School Library Journal

Sir Cumference and his wife, Lady Di, are back in another math adventure. As the hosts of a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, the couple needs to organize a growing number of guests for events to run smoothly. After several fumbling attempts to count the crowd, Sir Cumference realizes that the simplest way to figure out the total is to group the guests into tens, hundreds, and ultimately thousands. This system allows the royal celebration to take place without a hitch, resulting in a happy ending for all. Children will enjoy the lesson built into this tale and identify with the birthday-party theme. While the story can be enjoyed independently, most youngsters would benefit from sharing the book with an adult to fully understand the place value system. The math concept is explained in more detail in an author’s note. The painterly acrylic illustrations convey the action with humorous exaggeration and amusing details (the depiction of a farmer and his wife is reminiscent of Grand Wood’s American Gothic). Libraries in which this series is popular will want to consider purchasing this title.

The Midwest Book Review

Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens is a Math Adventure book for elementary age children that uses the king's surprise birthday celebration for a chance to learn to count by tens. Surprise party guest attendance must be counted quickly because Lady Di and Sir Cumference, the host and hostess for the birthday party, need to know how many guests to feed for lunch and dinner. In a comical series of preparation adventures, Sir Cumference and Lady Di count guests by tens, hundreds, and even thousands, using a system known as "place value" for their numbers. How many guests attend in total, and does the gloomy king finally smile and enjoy his birthday party? Inquisitive budding math minds will want to know, so pages will painlessly turn and numbers will effortlessly be learned in Sir Cumference and All the King's Men, a math masterpiece!

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Continuing the adventure of Sir Cumference and the Lady Di Ameter with a place-value focus, this tells the story of guests arriving for a surprise birthday party for the king. When large numbers of people start to appear,so does the problem of getting an accurate count for lunch and dinner acommodations. Several methods are explored before the idea of creating groups of tens, hundreds, and then thousands are introduced to garner and accurate count.

The book also includes the idea of writing large numbers in expanded notation. This book is engaging and an excellent way to incorporate literacy and mathematics. The biggest strength of this book is its introduction of counting and the importance of having an organized system for counting. Used in tandem with the other books in the series, students are introduced to different math topics with a familiar cast of characters. After the story, an additional page makes more connections between the story and place value, with suggestions of ways students can use the imagery in the book to help understand the value of a big number the next time they see one.

I recommend this book, as well as other in the series, to teachers looking for an engaging way to incorporate math and literacy into their classroom.

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57091-164-4

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-556-5 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-151-2 PDF
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Ages: 8-12
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 9 1/2

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