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Blockhead : The Life of Fibonacci
by Joseph D'Agnese and John O'Brien


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As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead.

When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries.  Read more...


 
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Overview

As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead.

When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries. Then he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern. The boy who was once teased for being a blockhead had discovered what came to be known as the Fibonacci Sequence

"Blockhead" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780805063059
  • ISBN-10: 0805063056
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Mathematics - General
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Discoveries

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 64.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Math lover or not, readers should succumb to the charms of this highly entertaining biography of medieval mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. “You can call me Blockhead. Everyone else does,” opens the lighthearted narrative. As an adult, he works out a math problem that involves reproducing rabbits and discovers a pattern that repeats itself in nature, which becomes the sequence of numbers that now bears his name. Hence, his obsession is vindicated: “All my life people had called me Blockhead because I daydreamed about numbers. But how could that be bad? Mother Nature loved numbers too!” D'Agnese's colloquial tone (King Frederick II calls Fibonacci a “smart cookie”) lures readers into the story and even invites them to ferret out patterns in the illustrations. Atop dappled backgrounds, O'Brien's delicate swirls and hatch marks echo the mathematical patterns—another graceful connection between math and the real world in which children live. Ages 6–9. (Apr.)

 
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