Author Ronald B. McPherson’s new book “Adventures of Eli, a Shepherd Boy” is a meaningful and entertaining introduction to basic math for school-aged readers

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Recent release “Adventures of Eli, a Shepherd Boy” from Page Publishing author Ronald B. McPherson is an evocative work of historical fiction utilizing nineteenth-century scenarios to teach simple math functions to young readers. Eli is a six-year-old who devises a simple yet ingenious way to keep track of his sheep as he brings them to and from pasture every day.

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Ronald B. McPherson is a West Virginia native, retired structural engineer, and member of the engineering faculty of New Mexico State University currently residing with his wife, Eleanor, in Sandia Park. He has completed his new book “Adventures of Eli, a Shepherd Boy”: a compelling tale offered to kindle interest in the power and everyday beauty of mathematics in school-aged children.

Each morning 6-year old Eli, a mid-19th century pioneer boy living in the New Mexico Territory, takes his father’s sheep to pasture and returns them in the evening. Eli could only count to five, so he devised a clever method using colored pebbles to account for all sheep at the end of the day. Similar methods had been used by ancient tribes 3500 years earlier. At the end of summer, Eli begins first grade, where he learns to read and count and solve practical problems – the most notable was measuring and staking, with Grandpa’s help, the 5-mile road around the lake.

Through the insightful presentation of a knowledgeable and caring teacher, Eli and his second grade classmates experience the Joy of Mathematics as they learn the historical contributions of the ancient Greeks, Asian Indians, and Arabs during the Dark Ages of Europe, and Italian mathematicians upon the European reawakening.
Published by Page Publishing, Ronald B. McPherson’s educational book is a delightful addition to any school- or home-based children’s library.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Adventures of Eli, a Shepherd Boy” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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