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As young readers journey into the natural world, they discover that numbers, patterns, shapes and much more! can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would spiders draw pictures in their webs? Would narwhals sort blocks of ice by shape? Would insects know what’s above and what’s below? In Shaping Up Summer, the final title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is an enticing way to introduce math to young readers they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books. Each book in the series covers a basic primary math curriculum strand number sense and numeration; patterning, data management, and probability; measurement; geometry and spatial sense to provide a fully rounded approach to primary math. Online teacher guides are also available for each book.
Lizann Flatt is the author of numerous non-fiction books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go!. She is a former editor of chickaDEE Magazine and has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. She lives in Muskoka, Ontario.
Ashley Barron is an illustrator who specializes in cut-paper collage. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of places, including children’s books and magazines, and on posters, websites, animation, set design, and packaging. Originally from Whitby, Ontario, she now makes her home in Toronto.