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. Volume XX Number 36. . . .May 16, 2014
Lizann Flatt and Ashley Barron bring readers a fourth title in the “Math in Nature” series - Shaping Up Summer. This time, Flatt and Barron introduce readers to geometry and spatial sense through problem-solving scenarios involving creatures active in the natural world of summer.
Barron’s attention to detail in her intricate paper-cut illustration style, as previously seen in the first three books of the series, vibrantly brings concepts of math and nature to life for readers. The illustrations, in three-dimensional cut-paper collage, continue to work to entice the reader to solve the natural world math problems on the page, problems such as, “How many circles can you see in this scene?” or “Most of these pairs of lines are parallel. Can you find the ones that aren’t?” Shaping Up Summer invites readers to engage with detailed illustration as they are introduced to new math concepts. Flatt’s math problems and Barron’s illustration perfectly unite to provide first and second graders with a fun and interactive way to learn about numbers, patterns, shapes and geometric concepts.
Natalie Schembri is studying children’s literature at The University of British Columbia.
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