Product Description Help kids with their math skillsÂ plusÂ their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series! Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? A lonely striped sock searches the house for its mate in this book that's perfect for teaching matching to pre-K through kindergarteners.Â Kids will love the story and the funny illustrations by Lois Ehlert.Â Parents and other educators will love how the story and pictures make understanding comparisons 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! 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 very engaging and relatable, because each story revolves around practical applications of the math concept being presented and features lively art from top-notch illustrators.Â 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 Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? Young children will learn about matching, an important early math skill, as a lonely striped sock searches the house for its mate. They will may even be inspired to practice this skill in their own sock drawers! Best Children's Science Books 1997 (Science Books and Films) 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. Lois Ehlert is the Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator of Color Zoo, as well as Color Farm, and Circus. She is also the illustrator of many other books including Crocodile Smile by Sarah Weeks, and A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy. She lives in Milwaukee, WI.