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Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons

Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons

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by David A. Adler, Nancy Tobin (Illustrator)

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This takes the fear out of math and puts the fun back in.


This takes the fear out of math and puts the fun back in.

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Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Subtitled "Fun with Triangles and other Polygons," this book introduces budding geometry students to flat, closed shapes known as polygons. In clear language, Adler defines and describes the shapes and their variations. He includes basic information as well as vocabulary and concepts not usually found in a form suitable for young children. He relates each shape to the other polygons and suggests a nice edible do-it-yourself illustration for each shape as well. The text is clear and involving. The illustrations are equally clear and involving; and knock-your-eyes out bold, too! There's a wisecracking cartoon kid who accompanies readers throughout and makes silliness and math seem to go together like pretzels and salt. It's a tremendous learning package that will be as pleasing to math teachers as it is to the kids who will probably discover this book on their own.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Pretzels, cheese slices, and bread, as well as paper and pencil are used here to teach math concepts. Adler's simple, to-the-point explanations and Tobin's bright, colorful cartoon drawings work well together to bring basic geometry to primary-grade students. The different print sizes and bright colors create a bold visual effect. The book concludes with a one-page list that defines the shapes and angles examined. Although the use of food products to illustrate these concepts is common at the preschool and primary level, many adults have reservations about this practice. Nevertheless, this is a bouncy, hands-on introduction.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL

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Holiday House, Inc.
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9.27(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.14(d)
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler, a former math teacher, truly believes that math can be fun. He and illustrator Nancy Tobin began their collaboration with Fraction Fun, another book introducing math concepts. Mr. Adler is also the author of the acclaimed Picture Book Biography series for children, several Judaica titles, and numerous riddle books. He lives with his wife and sons in New York.

Nancy Topbin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later studied at Kendall College. She has been an illustrator in San Francisco since 1987, where she currently lives with her family and pets. This is her second book with David Adler.

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Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Swiggz7 More than 1 year ago
I used this book in a first grade classroom to help the students understand the concept of a polygon. The polygon activity in the book was a fun hands on activity for the students to do in the classroom which allowed them to not only undestand the attributes of different polygons but allowed them to play with food as well. The students enjoyed making the shapes and eating the bread throughout the activity.