Circus Shapes: Recognizing Shapes (MathStart 1 Series)

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Everyday activities such as sharing a meal, sorting socks, and getting ready for school can be part of learning math. In the MathStart series, everyday life is the basis for each entertaining story. Simple math concepts are embedded in each story so that young children intuitively understand them. Adults can use the creative suggestions for activities in the back of each book to extend learning opportunities with children.

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Overview

Everyday activities such as sharing a meal, sorting socks, and getting ready for school can be part of learning math. In the MathStart series, everyday life is the basis for each entertaining story. Simple math concepts are embedded in each story so that young children intuitively understand them. Adults can use the creative suggestions for activities in the back of each book to extend learning opportunities with children.

Developmentally appropriate and correlated to school grade levels and the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers Of Mathematics, MathStart can give children a head start!

Circus animals and performers getting ready for a show form basic geometric shapes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
The bright primary colors of these computer generated pictures help to center attention on the various shapes associated with familiar circus sights. The pictures are arresting, completely covering the pages, which have only a line or two of text so that it's easy to spot the triangles, circles, squares and rectangles among the wagons, lions, clowns and the rest. The book ends with elementary counting questions to cement the lessons learned and an activity section for more fun. Part of the HarperTrophy "MathStart" paperback series, Level 1.
School Library Journal
PreS-KA book that teaches shape recognition cloaked in a story about a circus performance. Circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles are introduced on every other spread. The illustrations are very simple and linear, allowing children to identify the various shapes that appear in the pictures. Unfortunately, although Miller uses bold, primary colors, the illustrations lack the excitement and movement associated with a circus. The text is dry and forced in some spots, such as "Some monkeys make a square. The four sides are all the same." However, the straightforward narrative does make the information accessible. More visually attractive books on the topic include Lois Ehlert's Color Zoo (1989) and Circus (1992, both HarperCollins), and Tana Hoban's Shapes, Shapes, Shapes (Greenwillow, 1986).Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467131
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: MathStart 1 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 179,303
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.81 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

Edward Miller has illustrated A Drop of Blood and What Happens to a Hamburger? for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in New York City.

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