# 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!  See more details below

## Overview

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!

## 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 - 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

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822578802
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Math Is CATegorical Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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