“Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Dont’,” the only
book by a mathematician written for parents of children aged 1-10, is
about to go out of print for the second time. Both times the publisher
sold its trade books to another publisher just as it was published, so
none of the four publishers made any effort to publicize it. This time,
however, I have a good offer to buy the remaining copies. I really want
it to get into as many libraries as possible — and many hands. There
are many copies left.
If you can get a library to offer me a thank you note and give me the
address, I will send that library an autographed copy free for the tax
deduction. If you want an autographed copy, I will be glad to send you a
copy for $10. The price on the cover is $19.95, and it’s fine to resell
them at this time. If you can find an outlet or use them yourself, I can
send a box of 18 books for $140. (No autographs on those books because
they will be inside the box.) There are MANY boxes available.
“Math Power” had excellent reviews from both sides of the “Math Wars” when
it first appeared in 1997, and another from “The Library Journal,” but
without some publisher publicity, books don’t sell. It may be that math
is not a popular subject in this culture; there is other evidence.
Anyway, I would appreciate any help you can give me in disseminating the
remaining copies. The publisher wants a reply as to how many I will buy
WITHIN TWO WEEKS!
Otherwise, I am well and busily campaigning for NJ to
require at least some appropriate math education for its preservice
elementary ed teachers. I taught a first such course last year at
Bloomfield College, having given up on Montclair State, with the Singapore
texts and loved it; so did the students. We have a long way to go before
the United States provides decent elementary math ed to all our children,
and I hope you can help me do my little bit. I was hoping it would be
more, but we do what we can.
I hope this finds you well.
Pat Kenschaft, Math Medley host 1998-2004 [Clusty Search]