Many people think that math only involves doing calculations and plugging numbers into formulas. In many ways, that makes sense because we often spend the majority of our time in school doing just that. However, when you talk to mathematicians, they will tell you that mathematics is about so much more than only doing calculations. Mathematics is really about looking for patterns, modeling different situations, and becoming creative problem solvers. Helping students understand what mathematics really is and giving them engaging opportunities to experience math is really important.
Yucky! introduces you to Lilly, a student that doesn't like math because she thinks math is only about doing calculations. On top of that, her mom tells her she isn't a "math person" and Lilly thinks that must be true for her too. Fortunately, Lilly has a great teacher that helps her realize what math really is!
I can't wait for you to read this book to your students, children, grandchildren, and anyone that needs help realizing that math isn't YUCKY! I hope the book sparks conversations about math and how important attitude and effort is.