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Picture books: meaningful mathematical contexts

This chapter is about finding mathematical opportunity in picture books. There are three strands to this chapter: first, acknowledging that picture books, storybooks and traditional nursery rhymes are ways of children experiencing mathematical ideas. Mathematical ideas are often contextualised in a meaningful way in story contexts (Hong 1996; Schiro 2004; Welchman-Tischler 1992; Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen and Van den Boogaard 2008): a character such as Mouse has a problem to solve: he needs to put together a construction kit, to make an aeroplane so that he can travel to Rat’s house, which requires problem solving strategies (see Chapter 1).