A-B-A-B-A: A Book of Pattern Play


In this playful look at patterns, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable provide many examples of repeating sequences of shapes, colors, objects, and more. The comical cats of the wildly popular Words Are CATegorical® series show how patterns can be found all around us. Peppy rhymes, goofy illustrations, and kid-friendly examples make pattern practice fun!

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In this playful look at patterns, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable provide many examples of repeating sequences of shapes, colors, objects, and more. The comical cats of the wildly popular Words Are CATegorical® series show how patterns can be found all around us. Peppy rhymes, goofy illustrations, and kid-friendly examples make pattern practice fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
In this colorful concept picture book, author and illustrator define "pattern" as a repeating arrangement of numbers, colors, shapes or other items. Simple A-B patterns are shown with letters, colors, and objects, and multiple examples are given. The author explains that patterns can be found in numbers, just like page numbers in the book. More complicated patterns such as 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. and 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. are introduced as well. Readers are encouraged to look for patterns everywhere, on cards, in yards, or on a dress. This book will compliment many early education math curriculums which include the teaching of simple patterns. Preschool and kindergarten teachers might find this to be a fun read-aloud early in the year as well as a good conversation booster. Young children will like the humorous, brightly colored, cartoon-like illustrations and will be eager to look for patterns in their own classroom or home. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 3—Through rhyming text and colorful illustrations, readers are given examples of simple visual and numerical patterns—from circle-square-circle-square to 1-3-5-7. "See the colors? Green, red, gold/then green, red, gold, green, red./Once you catch on, you can guess/exactly what's ahead." As in earlier volumes in the series, Gable's whimsical feline characters appear throughout, demonstrating patterns, such as boy-girl-boy-girl in a very long line for ice cream. Though the buoyant narrative calls for reading aloud and the images are large enough for a modest group setting, students will need to look closely to appreciate at least one example—a book's pagination. The simple mathematical patterns are for a slightly older audience than Trudy Harris's preschool-friendly Pattern Fish (Millbrook, 2000). Cleary's latest title is a serviceable addition to nonfiction collections.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822578802
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Math Is CATegorical Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books as well as the Math Is Categorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, Adventures in Memory™, and Sounds Like Reading® series. He has also written The Punctuation Station, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, and several other books. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit him on his website at www.brianpcleary.com.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of many Words Are CATegorical® Books and the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Colorful, zany, and scrumpdillyiciously fun

    You can see patterns all around you if you look closely or, for example, when you try counting in a certain pattern called "skip counting." The zany looking cat on roller blades pointing to an easel in the front of the book will tell you that a pattern is "A repeating arrangement of numbers, colors, shapes, or other items." This cat has an ugly looking pattern on his shirt, but that is not the kind of pattern we are taking a look at in this book. Once you see how a pattern repeats itself, you can soon figure out what will be next. Take for example, you can see on one page a red circle, green square, red circle, green square, red circle, and a green square. Can you tell what kind of shape will be next? If you guessed that a red circle was next, you would be . . . correct! It can be very easy to predict because "Once you catch on, you can guess exactly what's next." These crazy CATegorical cats will help you learn all about patterns in a fun and easy way with their handy, dandy rhymes. You'll get to take a look at colors, shapes, numbers and other things. For example as you watch the painter cat work on a black and white checkered floor you can easily see that "The pattern on this kitchen floor is white, then black, then white. / If this design is followed, then the floor will turn out right." A-B-A-B-A-B . . . it is easy to see that patterns can be fun AND predictable! If you want to introduce your child or students to the concept of patterning, the CATegorical cats will show you how. Patterning is a classification skill that children learn at a young age. In this book we see simple patterns, but by the end we are looking at the more sophisticated patterns we find in skip counting. The CATegorical cats make it a lot of fun to learn how patterns work with their ingenious way of making somewhat boring concepts fun and exciting. You can count on the artwork in each of the CATegorical books to be colorful, zany, and scrumpdillyiciously fun every time you spot those cats. Quill says: If you've ever taken a look at a "Math is CATegorical" book, you know you'll be adding this one to the others in the series!

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