Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 7
- Grade: k to 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 spiders draw pictures in their webs? Would narwhals sort blocks of ice by shape? Would insects know what’s above and what’s below? In Shaping Up Summer, the final title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is an enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.
Teacher's guide, lesson plan, and activities available at OwlkidsBooks.com/ResourcesActivities/TeacherGuides
About the authors
LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go! A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, ON.
Ashley Barron moved to Toronto upon graduating from OCAD’s illustration program in 2007. She lives and works as an illustrator from her studio near Kensington market. She uses paper collage to illustrate just about everything for magazines, advertising, and animation. Over the past two years, Ashley illustrated the four Math in Nature books for Owlkids. She is an avid gardener and lover of flora and fauna, the details of which can be found in her art.
"Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries."
School Library Journal
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."
Green Teacher Magazine
"If reading with a caring adult, children can show off what they know and extend their learning."
"A thought-provoking, educational, and vibrantly tactile world of math, animals, and nature for children to feast upon."
Canadian Review of Materials
"What truly stands out in this book are Ashley Barron's beautiful cut-paper collage illustrations, which are visually stunning and appear almost three-dimensional."
Education Library, The University of British Columbia