Shaping Up Summer

Math in Nature

By Lizann Flatt and Ashley Barron

From 5 to 7 | 32 pages

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will 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 kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.
"If reading with a caring adult, children can show off what they know and extend their learning."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries."
- School Library Journal
"A thought-provoking, educational, and vibrantly tactile world of math, animals, and nature for children to feast upon."
- Canadian Review of Materials
"What truly stands out in this book are Ashley Barron's beautiful cut-paper collage illustrations, which are visually stunning and appear almost three-dimensional."
- Education Library, The University of British Columbia
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments." - Green Teacher Magazine

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