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. Volume XX Number 9. . . .November 1, 2013
In Sizing Up Winter, the third book in Owl Kids’ “Math in Nature” series, readers are introduced to concepts of time and measurement through problem solving scenarios involving measurements of length, distance, and mass. This new “Math in Nature” title is an enriching follow-up to Flatt and Barron’s Sorting through Spring and Counting on Fall. Sizing Up Winter expands upon the number sense and numeration skills learned in the previous “Math in Nature” titles and invites readers to reflect on patterns and shapes in nature through interactive measurement problems.
“Underneath the ice, the water’s fairly nice. Could the creatures compare? Hold a contest? Would they dare? Which turtle is tallest? Which frog is fattest? Which trout is tiniest? Which bass is biggest? Which line is longest?” Flatt and Barron’s text and illustration engage readers in interactive concepts of measurement via the natural world.
Again, as presented in the previous “Math in Nature” titles, Sizing Up Winter provides readers with a valuable “Nature Notes” section at the end of the book that highlights the animals and habitats featured throughout the text, including the snowy owl, northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, and river otters.
As illustrated in Counting on Fall and Sorting through Spring, Barron’s cut-paper collage art in Sizing Up Winter invites readers into a visually explorative realm of mathematics and the natural world. Barron’s illustrations colorfully capture the plants, animals, and the winter season through artistic collage patterns.
I would highly recommend Sizing Up Winter for elementary classrooms and public library collections because the book uniquely combines language arts, poetry, science, math, and visual arts to educate children about the natural world and concepts of measurement. I look forward to Shaping Up Summer, the next book in the new “Math in Nature” series.
Natalie Schembri is studying children’s literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
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