The Community Champs have an extra-special fundraiser this
year--donating Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. William and
Lizzie are on a mission to sell more popcorn tins than ever before!
Primary-grade math concepts come into play when a club must decide the best way to sell their charity popcorn.
Community Champions are a varied cast of kids--an unobtrusive mix of
genders, races, and one who uses a wheel-chair--who do good works around
town. Occasionally Driscoll drifts into the too angelic: "The Champs
were quiet as they read the messages" of thanks from previous year's
Thanksgiving project. Other times she speaks what's better left unsaid:
"The more popcorn we sell, the more families we help!" Lizzie burbles.
But for the most part, the kids are trying to maximize sales through the
deployment of business math--this book is part of the Math Matters
series, each of which targets a specific math concept--including
distribution and averaging, with terms such as median, mean, value,
mode, and range set aside as boxed items for further explanations. The
kids even learn how to compete with the grocery store to find the best
price margin. In the end, the artwork (mostly depictions of swarms of
kids having a good time) and the text feel right: their teacher is proud
of their spirit, and the kids get a warm feeling from doing something
selfless and meaningful. Three other Math Matters titles publish
simultaneously: A Fishy Mystery, by Lisa Harkrader and illustrated by Cary Pillo, introduces Venn Diagrams; Let's Go, Snow!, by Eleanor May and also illustrated by Pillo, looks at temperature measurement; and Otto and the New Girl, by Nan Walker and illustrated by Amy Wummer, explores symmetry.