Bookmark Monday: The Warlord’s Series

Having done the letters of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase in our Alphabet Wall series, we moved on to piece letters together in our weekly Wordcraft.  Now, as an extension to the recommended reading section in each Wordcraft post, we’re starting a new series called Bookmark Monday. 🙂

Here, we hope to be reviewing books that we have ourselves enjoyed as a family and we hope you’ll also explore the titles, or if you’ve also read the books, let us know what you think of them as well.

To kickstart our series, this is a collection of picture books we found in our local library titled The Warlord’s Series, written by Virginia Walton Pilegard. 

Set against the background of ancient China, each story is written as a mathematical adventure of two children who serve in the household of a Chinese warlord, and is coupled with simple craft instructions at the end of each book on how to create your own math tool that applies the concept and Chinese mathematical invention introduced in the story.  

The series is listed by the California State Department of Education as recommended mathematics reading for second grade. 

Not that that was the reason we picked it off the shelf – really, we were just intrigued by the math element and the fact that it provided an easy introduction to Chinese history and culture for our kids. 

At this stage, we’re just enjoying the book for the latter element, and appreciating time in the evenings reading together as a family.  No complicated preschool geometry going on in our home!  Haven’t actually tried out the crafts, but hmm…maybe we’ll get around to making a Chinese water clock some time. 😉 

Read all about Chuan and Jing Jing’s adventures and the following math concepts in:-

  • The Warlord’s Puzzle – Geometry and Early Chinese Tangrams

  • The Warlord’s Beads – Cardinal Numbers and the Chinese Abacus

  • The Warlord’s Fish – Magnets and Compasses used in 3rd Century B.C. China
  • The Warlord’s Puppeteers – Ratios and Chinese Puppetry
  • The Warlord’s Kites – Measurements and Chinese Kites
  • The Warlord’s Messengers – Velocity and Chinese Land Sailing
  • The Warlord’s Alarm, A Mathematical Adventure – Telling Time and Chinese Clock Inventions 



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2 responses to “Bookmark Monday: The Warlord’s Series”

  1. Serene in Singapore says :

    Dropping by after Heather’s raves on the homeschool group 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations!

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