Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 7
- Grade: k to 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.
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.
- Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, STARRED SELECTION
Barron's stunning cut-paper collages are the highlight of the book, while backmatter provides a paragraph of information about each of the featured creatures. When read with a caring adult, this may challenge readers to look at measurement in a different way.
"Third in the "Math in Nature" series, Sizing Up Winter exhibits elegant, lacy collage art illustrations in tandem with poetic prose propositions that imagine the presence of math and number concepts in nature."
"Sizing Up Winter expands upon the number sense and numeration skills learned in the previous "Math in Nature" titles and invites readers to reflect on patterns and shapes in nature through interactive measurement problems."
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."
Green Teacher Magazine
"Ashley Barron's cheery cut-paper collage illustrations make this book inviting to young eyes, and the author's appended "Nature Notes" offer tantalizing thumbnail descriptions of some of the more northerly animals"
Books For Kids Blog
Children who peruse the illustrations carefully and welcome the challenge of problem solving will enjoy this book.
School Library Journal
"This interesting book uses the winter season to demonstrate different ways of measuring... A great introduction of math concepts to very young children."
Youth Services Book Review