Balsam Books recommends—at the beginning of this new school year—a newly translated “math adventure” book for 9-12-year-olds titled What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? or ما زاويتك يا فيثاغورس؟
According to the summary from Reed Business Information, this is a fictionalized look at Pythagoras:
…as he discovers his famous theorem. He is depicted as a curious boy who travels with his father from Samos to Alexandria, where he meets a builder named Neferheperhersekeper…. He [Pythagoras] begins to experiment, observing and noting the fixed and unvarying mathematical nature of triangles…. The cartoon illustrations capture the dress, homes, and sailing ships in a warm and clear palette. …. This clear and interesting explanation of the theorem is a wonderful read.
The book was written by Julie Ellis, illustrated by Phyllis Hornong, and translated by د. نادية الخولى.
This and other Al-Balsam titles should be available at al-Balsam Bookstore, as well as Diwan, Adam, Alef, Shorouk, Planet Books, Kotob Khan, Omega, Egyptian American, Bookspot, and Al Ahram Bookstores in clubs.
Want back-to-school suggestions for younger children? I have some here.