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falls between two stools, September 22, 2009

The Rabbit Problem NOV POP Binding: School And Library Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publish Date: 2010/11/02 Synopsis: In Fibonacci's Field, Lonely and Chalk Rabbit meet, snuggle together, and then spend a year trying to cope with their ever-increasing brood and the seasonal changes that bring a new challenge each month in a story presented in calendar format
I saw this beautifully designed book at our local children's bookshop, and just had to buy it. My husband loves mathematics, so I knew that he would love the Fibonacci references and the conclusion of the book. I'm quite sure our 3 1/2 year old doesn't have clue what the point of the book is, but he loves all the interesting rabbit pictures and detail. I don't think this is a children's book : with text for adults, pictures and pop-ups for children, it really falls between two stools.

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In 1175 there lived an Italian mathematician named Fibonacci who, during his life set himself a mathematical challenge. If a pair of baby rabbits are put into a field, how many will there be; a) At the end of each month? b) At the end of each year? This book puts this challenge to the test, and the answer may just surprise you.Lonely Rabbit sits in a field waiting for a friend. She is the first rabbit to arrive at Fibonacci's Field until Chalk Rabbit arrives. But does one plus one really equal two? Not where rabbits are concerned. This is what happens when you put two baby rabbits in a field for one year. This is more then just a mathematical problem, it a Rabbit Problem.Lonely Rabbit and Chalk Rabbit are about to learn a lesson in multiplication as well as survival as they face the ups and downs of living a year in Fibonacci's field. It is not just the extreme conditions of snow and heat, but also famine and obesity, a plague of crows, and overpopulation that...
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I saw this beautifully designed book at our local children's bookshop, and just had to buy it. My husband loves mathematics, so I knew that he would love the Fibonacci references and the conclusion of the book. I'm quite sure our 3 1/2 year old doesn't have clue what the point of the book is, but he loves all the interesting rabbit pictures and detail. I don't think this is a children's book : with text for adults, pictures and pop-ups for children, it really falls between two stools.
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As a rabbit volunteer at our local stray animal shelter this book says it all, in a charming engaging way. I want to put it in every veterinary office and in our public library system. (By the way rabbits don't reproduce until they are between 4 and 6 months, but everything else is exactly right. )The pop-up at the end reminds me of the Best Friends 1,000 bunny rescue in Nevada in which I was privileged to participate for a couple of days.You will love this book, for its charm and whimsey, but its message is dead on - unfortunately for the many bunnies that are euthanized each year.Please promote spay and neuter for rabbits.
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