Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class (Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

" Anyone can be the smartest!! Love the pictures and descriptions in this story. Good for primary grades. " said.

" Read this to the girls. Loved it, they loved it. They asked to have it on their Kindles. " said.

" This is why I want to go back to school and study something along the lines of "Special Ed for Really Smart People." There are so many children who feel stupid or ostracized for not learning the same way as others, but they are truly geniuses! I love this book, and I can't wait for the rest of them to show up at our local library. I've bookmarked the website: " said.

" I am loving this series of books! Having taught school for 10 yrs I have met one or two children like this. The author nails the kids' emotions, thoughts and fears to a T! This is the second of the Genius books I have read and can't wait to read the rest!! I want my three kids to read them all. And I think that every school should have them and they should be read and taught to the children! " said.

"Slow and steady wins the race, right? This is a great book to help kids who experience anxiety over timed math tests understand that they are not alone, and, in fact, they just might be kinda special. As the mom of a gifted kid who freaks out when the teacher whips out the timer, I recommend this book for kids and caregivers to read together to foster discussion about math anxiety. I like this quote from the back of the book: "Surprisingly, many of history's greatest mathematicians have been slow calculators. Kudos to Barb Esham for this wise and witty reminder of the difference between rote memorization and higher math reasoning. A perfect book for the child whose passion for exploring the magical world of mathematics is in danger of floundering upon the shoals of the 'mad math minute.'" - Drs. Brock and Fernette, authors of The Mislabled Child." said.

"Beim stöbern im Kindle-Shop kam ich zufällig auf das Buch "Letzter im Ziel – eine Geschichte über den intelligentesten Jungen in Mathematik" von Barbara Esham. Da ich mich für Dyskalkulie interessiere, hat mich "Letzter im Ziel" in Zusammenhang mit Mathematik interessiert und ich habe es mir runtergeladen. Um Dyskalkulie geht es in dieser Geschichte jedoch nicht. Die Autorin erzählt die Geschichte eines Jungen, welcher unter Zeitdruck nicht rechnen kann. Als seine Eltern dann zu einem Gespräch mit seiner Lehrerin gebeten werden, macht er sich große Sorgen darum, dass seine Eltern von seiner schlechten Leistung beim letzten Mathe-Test erfahren. Doch stattdessen kommt alles ganz anders, denn es stellt sich heraus, dass der Junge hochbegabt ist.

Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist zwar leicht zu lesen, dennoch finde ich die gewählte Sprache nicht sehr kindgerecht. Dies liegt vermutlich auch daran, dass der Schreibstil stellenweise recht abgehakt ist. Die Botschaft, welche die Autorin mit ihrer Geschichte vermitteln möchte kommt zwar an, und wird sicherlich auch von Kindern verstanden, aber mir hat einfach das gewisse Etwas gefehlt. Teilweise wirkt das Geschriebene auf mich etwas lieblos. Dies kann jedoch auch an der Übersetzung liegen.

Abgerundet wird die Geschichte mit schönen Bildern von Mike Gordon, welche den Text noch einmal unterstreichen und das Gelesene verdeutlichen.
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"Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class by Barbara Esham

From the back of the book: "One by one, Max's classmates turn in their finished papers before the timer rings. Not Max, as soon as the teacher starts the time, "it" happens! His heart begins to pound. Once his heart begins to pound, his hands begin to sweat and his brain freezes! Math must not be his thing."

What I liked about this book: This is another excellent book for students who learn differently or even just any student who is anxious about learning, especially learning math or taking tests. This story is a good reminder that not every child learns the same way. As parents and educators it is important to help students find the right path to learning. This story also reminds us that students are often smarter than they realize. Any student who has gotten butterflies in their stomach over a test or felt the frustration of being last one to finish, will identify with this book. (I'm quite a bit older than Max and yet I knew just how he felt when the teacher brought out the timer.)

What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all. I highly recommend it for all elementary classroom libraries. I've already added it to the wish list for the Endeavour library.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

AR level: Not listed on AR.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
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" The book was great until they put him on a math team...which means he has to solve problems quickly, not just grok the concepts. " said.

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