Sizing up winter

Lizann Flatt

Book - 2013

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes and much more! can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date? In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and measure...ment.

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Series
Math in nature ; 3.
Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Toronto, ON : Owlkids c2013.
Language
English
Physical Description
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
ISBN
9781926973821
1926973828
Main Author
Lizann Flatt (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Using familiar animals such as cardinals, otters, and porcupines as well as the lesser-known snow fleas, musk oxen, and ptarmigans, Flatt takes readers on a mathematical, seasonal journey. Facts about the animals and the weather share space with measurement problems including distance, time, height, weight, length, area, and mass. The text, mostly in rhyming prose, and the accompanying math problems, which relate to the illustrations, can make for two separate reading experiences. Some sophisticated vocabulary ("capacity," "analog") makes this title better for adult/child sharing than independent reading. "Nature Notes" expand on the brief information about the animals highlighted in the text. Barron's full-page, cut-paper collages use a full palette of color and manage to instill subtle personality into the animals without sacrificing realism. Although most of the pictures show a snowy landscape, there is an acknowledgement that winter may look different depending on where one lives. CChildren who peruse the illustrations carefully and welcome the challenge of problem solving will enjoy this book.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY [Page 121]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces basic concepts in measurement and mathematics through the plants, animals, and natural phenomena associated with winter.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Explores some of the many ways that nature reflects numbers, patterns, shapes and other mathematical principles, in a latest entry in the series that includes Counting on Fall that lightheartedly considers what plants and animals might do if they understood math as well as humans.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date? In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and measurement.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date? In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and measurement.