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Many Moons (1943)
James Thurber

In this famous children's tale about a princess who wants the moon, "the mathematician" is one of three wisemen who shows himself not to be so wise. (The jester, on the other hand,...)

Contributed by Tiffini

It was a very intertaining story and included things like people guessing at how far away the moon is. My daughter who is only 2 years old enjoyed it. As far as providing any REAL math help, though, it's probably not that good a choice. I would use it more for "what if" questions.

Contributed by Anonymous

Many Moons is a children's story, touched by humorous mathematical word-play. A young princess falls ill from a surfeit of raspberry tarts. Only the moon can save her, and the King's advisors (including the Royal Mathematician) offer increasingly ridiculous solutions.

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Works Similar to Many Moons
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. MathNet by Childrens Television Workshop
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  4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster / Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
  5. Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
  6. The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland (author) / John O'Brien (illustrator)
  7. Train Brains / The Runaway Train (Donald Duck) by Carl Barks
  8. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka / Lane Smith (illustrator)
  9. Donald in Mathmagic Land by Hamilton Luske (director)
  10. Math Patrol by TV Ontario
Ratings for Many Moons:
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Mathematical Content:
1.6/5 (5 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.69/5 (10 votes)

GenreHumorous, Children's Literature,
MediumPicture Book,

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