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|Squares, rectangles, and other quadrilaterals|
Author: Adler, David A.
A picture geometry book that introduces children to quadrilaterals, including parallelograms and trapezoids, using hands-on activities and simple explanations.
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 3–5—Adler and Miller have created another math-themed picture book to help young minds further understand polygons. What could be seen as an intimidating subject for students, young and old, becomes less so through the use of an inviting format and cute cartoon animals. Miller's bright, digitally drawn shapes appear alongside colorful cats and dogs. Each quadrilateral is described in great detail, identifying the number of sides, types of angles, and the degrees. Throughout the text, key words are highlighted by their varying size and color for readers to notice. The book provides ample opportunities for readers to make their own shapes with activities included within the narrative (using an empty cereal box to make a parallelogram, for example). The work concludes with a brief identification quiz and a short glossary. Although the topic may be difficult for little readers, Adler offers kids insight to the complexity of polygons. VERDICT An unintimidating look at math and shapes, and a fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Hilary Tufo, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Reynoldsburg - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2018 Prolific mathematics educator Adler (Money Math: Addition and Subtraction, 2017) here clarifies geometric vocabulary pertaining to quadrilaterals, including squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombi, parallelograms, and kites. He emphasizes the rules that determine the correct name for each shape (for example, squares are closed, four-sided polygons with equal sides and equal right angles) and offers hands-on activities to assist children in proving these details for themselves. He also explains how the sum of the angles in any quadrilateral is always 360 degrees and provides directions for measuring and demonstrating that the summed angles create a circle. Miller, Adler’s frequent collaborator, employs flat, boxy shapes and a primary color palette in his illustrations, appropriate to this volume’s content. A friendly looking dog carpenter uses various tools (including a carpenter’s square and a protractor) to further clarify Adler’s descriptions, and several perky cats assist in the demonstrations. The animals add a humorous touch that livens up what might otherwise be a rather dry vocabulary discussion. Diagrams are clear and well labeled, making this a worthwhile addition to the mathematics shelf. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.