A math picture book about statistics that is engaging and fun to read? Impossible, right? As you’d know if you had read That’s a Possiblity! Bruce Goldstone shows that it is in fact only highly improbable (and not impossible) but that he’s somehow defied the odds and delivered a book that meets that description.
Goldstone covers the basics of probability in a way that even the youngest of kids can understand. My 4 year old answered many of the interactive style questions in the text as we read this one out loud. Although the text is accessible to the even the very young he doesn’t shy away from using real math words (probable, improbable, certain, possible, likes, odds) and my 5th grader learned new concepts along with is siblings.
Goldstone gives multiple examples (dice rolling, coin tossing, playing cards) that illustrate the concepts in a simple, yet thorough way. In addition to the typical examples he uses some not-so-typical ones to expand the concept: a gumball machine, a race between a rabbit, frog and robot and a teddy-bear’s wardrobe. The illustrations are vivid photographs that pop off the page.
This book is a nominee for a Cybils Award in the Elementary and Middle Grade Non-Fiction category for which I am a Round 1 panelist. I obtained a copy of the book from my library.