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Math in the Great Outdoors

A new series of books  uses the world around to help teach math concepts to young kids. This fall counting, sorting, and patterning book is the first book in the Math in Nature series from OwlKids.

counting on fall.jpgCounting on Fall
by Lizann Flatt

OwlKids
ISBN: 978 1 926973 36 4

How might awareness of math change things in nature? Would squirrels compare who had more nuts? Would animals sort themselves into even groups, or fruits and butterflies arrange themselves into neat rows or patterns? These are the kinds of questions posed in charmingly worded spreads that also include questions or suggestions for counting activities that children can do. These questions make this a perfect book for looking at and talking over together, or for curious children to peruse on their own.

What really makes this a standout, though, is the gorgeous collage illustrations. They are boldly coloured, full of details, and have a nice sense of depth that you don’t always get with this style. It’s a gorgeous book for people who will use it with their child to speculate, count, and talk about math concepts, though it is not really a counting book, as the title suggests.

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