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STEM Friday: Infinity and Me

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If you’re looking for a way to inspire very young people to wonder about math and science, look no further than Infinity and Me!

  • Hosford, Kate. 2012. Infinity and Me. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda. (Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska)

Infinity and Me will open up (dare I say it?) infinite possibilities and questions!

A small girl, Uma, ponders infinity while gazing at stars,

How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number was as big as infinity.  I started to feel very, very small.  How could I even think about something as big as infinity?

Uma proceeds to ask others how they conceive of infinity, and hears it defined in quantities of numbers, time, music, ancestors – even spaghetti!  Finally, she settles on her own measure of infinity, quantified in something that is both personal and boundless.  Full-bleed painted illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska capture the magical sense of  the endless immensity of infinity that at first perplexes Uma, and finally envelops her in understanding.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how one envisions infinity; what does matter is kindling an interest in something broader, wider, more infinite than oneself.

This is an intriguing introduction to a mathematical concept.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.

For Teachers:

A curriculum guide for Infinity and Me is available on the author’s website.

Book details from the publisher’s website:

Pages: 32Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 11Dewey: [E]Reading Level: 3Interest Level: K-4Ages: 5-10ATOS Quiz #: 0.5ATOS AR Points: 3.40ATOS: 151611.00Lexile Level: 670

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2 thoughts on “STEM Friday: Infinity and Me

  1. Infinity and Me is a wonderful book! Thank you for featuring it today. At NC Teacher Stuff, I have posted about Plant a Little Seed:

    http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com/2012/12/plant-little-seed-written-and.html

  2. I am celebrating Winter Solstice (and the not-end-of-the-world) at Archimedes Notebook – despite a recent close call with an asteroid. http://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2012/12/not-end-of-world-after-all.html