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Children's Nonfiction Size & Shape

Shaping Up Summer

by (author) Lizann Flatt

illustrated by Ashley Barron

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Size & Shape, Seasons, Geometry, General
Recommended Age
5 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price

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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.

Teacher's guide, lesson plan, and activities available at

About the authors

LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go! A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, ON.

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ASHLEY BARRON’s vibrant cut-paper collage illustrations appear in more than twelve picture books, including Chaiwala! by Priti Maheshwari, My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf (winner of the Schneider Family Book Award), City Baby by Laurie Elmquist (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year) and Pretty Tricky by Etta Kaner (a Kirkus Best Picture Book and an Outstanding Science Trade Book). Ashley lives with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

"Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries."

School Library Journal

"If reading with a caring adult, children can show off what they know and extend their learning."

Kirkus Reviews

"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."

Green Teacher Magazine

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