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The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular!


The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular!

written and illustrated by Ethan Long

2012 (Holiday House)

Source: Orange County Public Library


The Wing Wing Brothers are not a new chicken snack franchise, but instead a group of winged brothers who are no bird brains. These Fibonacci-like fowl put on an unprecedented math show for children of all ages. Walter, Wendell, Willy, Wilmer, and Woody put on a stage show in three acts. Act One features plate spinning to help youngsters with pesky greater than, less than, and equal equations. The end of the act is a smashing success that is unequaled. Act Two has a plethora of pie juggling and throwing to show students how addition and subtraction work. Willy is the superstar of this act with a surprise finish sure to please. The final act brings more addition and subtraction prestidigitation. What could be better for this than the magic box disappearing act? You can do quite a bit of addition and subtraction with this device. The ending of the show will leave audience members aghast.


Any time that you can add humor to a sometimes difficult subject like mathematics, it is greatly appreciated by teachers and parents. After reading this book, I could see students developing their own skits that illustrate addition and subtraction equations. The Wing Wing brothers will help young math students better understand the acts of putting together and taking apart in mathematics.

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Author: bargerj

I am a literacy coach in North Carolina. I blog at NC Teacher Stuff and write children's books.

4 thoughts on “The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular!

  1. This books looks like a fun way to interest kids in math. My post is for a lovely science book, Step Gently Out, by Helen Frost and photographs by Rick Lieder.

  2. A math show? Now there’s sum-thing without equal. 🙂

    I caught up with a book that has been getting some attention since it came out, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    Thanks for hosting and for putting this up in advance.

  3. Fun! I posted about The Tree of Life today- gotta love Darwin and Sis!


  4. Today I’ve decided to put the E into STEM at Oh yeah, there’s a bit of Fibonacci in there, too.