Product Description Help kids with their math skillsÂ plusÂ their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series! We're missing all our buttons! Three firefighters scramble to find 3 sets of matching buttons before the big parade starts. A lively introduction to the simple math concept of sorting by attributes. Kids will love the story and the illustrations. Parents and educators will love how the story and pictures make understanding the math concepts a breezeâas well as the concrete examples of how math works. The book contains activities for adults to do with kids to extend math into their own lives.Â Math = Fun! MathStart is an award-winning series by Stuart J. Murphy that teaches math through stories and visual models. Young readers find the stories engaging and relatable, because each story revolves around practical applications of the math concept being presented and features lively art from top-notch illustrators. Charts and other visual representations help children understand how the math works and promote deeper comprehension. This unique combination of stories, illustrations, and visual models helps teachers and parents in the teaching of math and provides all children with the opportunity to succeed. The 63-book series is divided into three levels with 21 books in each.Â The math concepts taught in MathStart books conform to state and national standards. Level 1 is Pre-KâKindergarten; Level 2 is Grades 1â3; Level 3 is Grades 2â4.Â The series follows math topics across grades so there is a foundational path to learning that runs through the levels. From the Back Cover We're missing all our buttons! Three firefighters scramble to find 3 sets of matching buttons before the big parade starts. A lively introduction to the simple math concept of sorting by attributes. About the Author Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston. Benice Lum was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She lived in London, England, working as a designer and a bicycle courier, before deciding to pursue a career in illustration. She has illustrated sixteen books, including The Knock-Out Story of David & Goliath and the Pippin and Mable series, and she now lives in her hometown of Toronto with her dog, Mack.