The Shape Family Babies

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Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle?

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Overview

Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle?

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Newlyweds Rectangle and Rhombus are surprised when their first child turns out to be triplets. Two are the spitting images of their parents and are easily named: Rhombus Jr. and Rectangle Jr. But the third is a bit of a puzzle. What will they name this little girl, who has four right angles like her dad and four equal sides like her mom? While the parents spend pages asking their relatives for advice and rejecting their suggestions—some accurate (Polygon, Parallelogram, Quadrangle, Quadrilateral), some far-fetched (Rectombus, Rhombangle)—even the youngest readers will be screaming "SQUARE" at the thick-headed characters. Finally, Great-Aunt Octagon arrives and sees the girl's resemblance to Great-Great-Grandpa Square. An intended audience is difficult to pin down, as the advanced vocabulary introduced skews this to a slightly older audience, who may not appreciate either the vapid storyline or the unimaginative digital pictures featuring what are largely stick figures with large, round heads atop variously shaped torsos. A "For Creative Minds" section in the backmatter gives even more advanced information, including angle measures and names, the concepts of perpendicular and parallel, the names and definitions of several quadrilaterals, and a matching activity that challenges readers to match the shape character with his or her description: "This shape is made of three angles and three lines." An easy one to skip. (Math picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628552201
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,191,789
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

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    I read this book to my six year old thinking it might be a littl

    I read this book to my six year old thinking it might be a little advanced for her age. She said "this is my new favorite book"!

    This book is about Mr. and Mrs. Shape who are expecting three babies. The couple who is a rectangle and a rhombus are trying to decide what to name their new bundles of joy. Mr. and Mrs. Shape ask family members for help in choosing their special, unique names. This book is more than just a cute story about a family. This book integrates geometrical shapes into a story using vibrant illustrations along with important math lessons.

    You will find in the back of this book a section called "For Creative Minds." This section is a valuable tool that anyone can use. Name that shape, shape parts and quadrilaterals are some of the educational tools in that section. (rev. Beth Barlow, Parent)

    For ages 4-8, Grades Pre-K - 3rd, 32 pages. Other math related titles by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) are The Deductive Detective (reviewed here on Reader's Haven Reviews), Ten For Me, Multiply on the Fly, and The Great Divide.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and no compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

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    Wedding bells were ringing and soon ¿a rectangle and a rhombus f

    Wedding bells were ringing and soon “a rectangle and a rhombus fell in love” and were married. They were all excited when they learned they were going to have a baby, but were wondering what it would look like. Perhaps the baby would look like Mother Rhombus and “have four equal sides.” But then again, it just might look like Father Rectangle and would “have four right angles.” They were all excited and could hardly wait until their baby arrived. It was a big surprise when they got to the hospital and found out that the big surprise was not one, but three babies! There was something very unusual about one of them though.




    Rhombus Jr. looked exactly like her mother and Rectangle Jr. looked like his father. The third baby was, well ... rather different and they didn’t know quite what to name their third beautiful baby. She looked like both of her parents with “four right angles and four equal sides.” It was a puzzling situation and they decided to consult the family. Cousin Triangle thought they could name her Polygon while Cousin Trapezoid thought Parallelogram was as good a name as any. All kinds of names were suggested including Quadrangle, Quadrilateral, Rectombus, and even Rhombangle. None of them seemed quite right, but someone had to know what to name that baby!




    This is a fun tale that will help young students learn about geometric shapes. The tale of the Shape family will help them learn not only the names, but also what they are comprised of. For example, when Aunt Hexagon talks about naming the baby, she says that “She has four angles. We could name her Quadrangle.” Like all the other characters in this book, her body is shaped like the shape she’s describing. Some of them have background illustrations showing a visual mathematical representation. The artwork is simple, thus bringing the shapes to the foreground. There are four pages of activities in the back of the book. Additional complementary activities can be accessed on the publisher’s website.




    Quill says: This is an excellent book that will help young students learn about basic geometric shapes!

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    Rectangle or Rhombus or What? Do you know what a rectangle and

    Rectangle or Rhombus or What?

    Do you know what a rectangle and a rhombus are?  Once upon a time, a rectangle and a rhombus fell in love, married, and were expecting a child.  They wondered whom the baby would look like.  It ended up that they had three babies.  One had all equal sides like Mother Rhombus.  The second had four right angles like Father Rectangle.  But the third had both equal sides and four right angles.  What should they name it?  Cousin Triangle, Cousin Trapezoid, Aunt Hexagon, Uncle Pentagon, Grandpa Rectangle, Grandma Rhombus, and Great-Aunt Octagon all have suggestions.  Can you guess what shape the third baby is?

         Shapes galore!  Author Kristin Haas, a third grade teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education, knows how books inspire learning and engage the minds of young readers.   The Shape Family Babies will encourage young math students at home or in classrooms to learn about the various kinds of shapes.  The “For Creative Minds” section in the back has further information about polygons and quadrilaterals and a “Name that Shape!” exercise.  Also, an additional teaching activities guide is available online at the publisher’s website.  With Shennen Bersani’s cute illustrations, this is an adorable way to introduce or reinforce the different geometric shapes.

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