Blockhead

The Life of Fibonacci

By D'Agnese, Joseph

Publishers Summary:
As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead.When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries. Then he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern. The boy who was once teased for being a blockhead had discovered what came to be known as the Fibonacci Sequence!

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ISBN
978-0-80506-305-9
Publisher
Holt


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

Gr 2-5 Leonardo does his math problems so quickly that he has plenty of time to look out the window and count other things in nature. His teacher, however, chastises him for daydreaming and the other students call him a "blockhead." Only his father's advisor, Alfredo, understands that Leonardo has a fascination with numbers, a love that will eventually help him become the "greatest Western mathematician in the Middle Ages." As an adult, Fibonacci imagines t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

Bigollo ("idler, dreamer, or lazy person")—or, as biographer D'Agnese translates it, "blockhead"—was the nickname of medieval mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci (see preceding review). It's a curious historical detail that D'Agnese teases out in this engaging, kid-friendly look at Fibonacci and his eponymous numerical sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...). In Pisa, Italy, in 1178, a young Leonardo daydreams about "the glory of numbers." But his mathematical musings lead to trouble. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

D'Agnese presents an engaging, kid-friendly look at Leonardo Fibonacci and his eponymous numerical sequence. In Pisa, Italy, in 1178, a yo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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