Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Shape Family by Kristen Haas Illustrated by Shennen Bersani

ISBN: 9781628552201
Paperback $9.99
About the book:  Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle?

Review:  I read this book to my six year old thinking it might be a little advanced for her age. She said "this is my new favorite book"! 

This book is about Mr. and Mrs. Shape who are expecting three babies. The couple who is a rectangle and a rhombus are trying to decide what to name their new bundles of joy. Mr. and Mrs. Shape ask family members for help in choosing their special, unique names. This book is more than just a cute story about a family. This book integrates geometrical shapes into a story using vibrant illustrations along with important math lessons. 

You will find in the back of this book a section called "For Creative Minds." This section is a valuable tool that anyone can use. Name that shape, shape parts and quadrilaterals are some of the educational tools in that section. (rev. Beth Barlow, Parent)

For ages 4-8, Grades Pre-K - 3rd, 32 pages. Other math related titles by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) are The Deductive Detective (reviewed here on Reader's Haven Reviews), Ten For Me, Multiply on the Fly, and The Great Divide.

About the illustrator:  Award-winning children's book illustrator Shennen Bersani has two million copies of her illustrated books cherished and read by children and families throughout the world. She uses various drawing and painting materials and techniques to bring life to her illustrations. For this book she used a Wacom Cintiq Pen Display where brush strokes of many sizes and colors are created with a digital pen on a flat screen glass display.

About the author:  Kristin Haas is a third grade teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education. As a teacher, she sees how books inspire learning and engage the minds of young readers. Kristin hopes this book will encourage young math fans at home and in classrooms to learn about the myriad kinds of geometric shapes. This is her debut picture book.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Abordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and no compensation was received for this review.

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