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Circus Shapes Circus Shapes
by Stuart J. Murphy

Level 1: Recognizing Shapes
Circus animals and performers getting ready for a show form basic geometric shapes.


Cloak for the Dreamer, A Cloak for the Dreamer, A
Aileen Friedman.

The tailor's sons fashion cloaks out of rectangles, squares, and triangles. But when the dreamer of the family tries unsuccessfully to make one out of circles, his brothers work together to reshape it. A charming introduction to basic geometry.


Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres
by Tana Hoban

Cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Sounds sophisticated? Only until you look at Tana Hoban's incomparable photographs and realize that those shapes are the stuff of everyday life. They are all around us all the time. In our houses, on our streets, in our hands. In yet another breathtaking book, Tana Hoban wakes us up to our world and makes us see it.


The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
Norton Juster

Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a beautiful dot. But the dot, though perfect in every way, only had eyes for a wild and unkempt squiggle. All of the line's romantic dreams were in vain, until he discovered . . . angles! Now, with newfound self-expression, he can be anything he wants to be--a square, a triangle, a parallelogram. . . . And that's just the beginning!

First published in 1963 and made into an Academy Award-winning animated short film, here is a supremely witty love story with a twist that reveals profound truths about relationships--both human and mathematical--sure to tickle lovers of all ages.


Grandfather Tang?s Story Grandfather Tang's Story
Ann Tompert.

Grandfather tells a story about shape-changing fox fairies who try to best each other until a hunter brings danger to both of them.


The Greedy Triangle The Greedy Triangle
Marilyn Burns

In this introduction to polygons, a triangle convinces a shapeshifter to make him a quadrilateral and later a pentagon, but discovers that where angles and sides are concerned, more isn't always better.


The Librarian Who Measured the Earth The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Kathryn Laskey

Describes the life and work of Eratosthenes, the Greek geographer and astronomer who accurately measured the circumference of the Earth.


Mummy Math : An Adventure in Geometry Mummy Math : An Adventure in Geometry
by Cindy Neuschwander, Bryan Langdo (Illustrator)

When the Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial site of an ancient pharaoh, Matt and Bibi are locked into an adventure they did not expect. Stuck inside a pyramid with only each other, their dog Riley, and geometric hieroglyphics to help them find their way, the twins must use their math knowledge to solve the riddles on the walls and locate the burial chamber.

Luckily, the two know their stuff when it comes to geometric solids.


Pigs on the Ball : Fun With Math and Sports Pigs on the Ball : Fun With Math and Sports
by Amy Axelrod

It's Mr. Pig's birthday, so Mrs. Pig and the piglets take him for a round of miniature golf. And they give him his present -- a new lucky golf shirt. But the new shirt isn't lucky enough. It seems like Mr. Pig can't make a single hole in one, while Mrs. Pig sinks every putt. Can studying the geometry of the golf course give Mr. Pig a better chance? With a free pizza prize at the end of the game, nothing can hold the Pigs back. Play ball!


The Secret Birthday Message The Secret Birthday Message
Eric Carle

It is Tim's birthday. Instead of a package, Tim gets a mysterious letter -- written in code! Tim -- and the reader -- are off, following the clues. And at the end of the treasure hunt is a wonderful birthday surprise!


Shapes Shapes
by Ivan Bulloch, Wendy Clemson, David Clemson

Help your child have fun with math. Shapes is part of the "Action Math" series by Two-Can Publishing. It's a series that teaches basic math concepts such as sorting, ordering, matching, counting and more in a fun way. All of the activities use basic household items and contain clear instructions and detailed illustrations. Text boxes on each page also help explain which math skills are being used.


Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
Tana Hoban.

Whenever you are -- inside or outside -- there are shapes to discover. And with Tana Hoban's help you will begin to see them. Look around. How many circles, squares, stars, triangles, hearts, and rectangles can you see?

They are everywhere!

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi : A Math Adventure Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi : A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander

When Sir Cumference drinks a potion which turns him into a dragon, his son Radius searches for the magic number known as pi which will restore him to his former shape.


Sir Cumference and the First Round Table : A Math Adventure Sir Cumference and the First Round Table : A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander

When King Arthur and his knights get together, the table they have is so long that everyone has to shout to be heard. A rectangular table is too long and a triangular table is too pointy, but somehow they must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight called Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary.

Fanciful illustrations add to the merriment of learning math and will inspire young mathematicians.


Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter
by Cindy Neuschwander (Author), Wayne Geehan (Illustrator)

When young Per visits her uncle Sir Cumference, aunt Lady Di of Ameter, and her cousin Radius, they teach her how to play Inners and Edges. After Per finds a clue linking the game to the mysterious castle of the Countess Areana, she and Radius sail to the island of Immeter. There, they have to decipher cryptic clues while avoiding a sea serpent. To unlock the island's secret, Per has to figure out how to find the perimeter and area of a circle. Only then can she become Per of Immeter.


Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure
By Cindy Neuschwander
Illustrator Wayne Geehan

Sir Cumference, Radius, and Sir Vertex search for Edgecalibur, the sword that King Arthur has hidden in a geometric solid.


Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland : A Math Adventure Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland : A Math Adventure
by Cindy Neuschwander

Radius is on a quest to earn his knighthood! with only a circular medallion, a mysterious poem, and his own wits to guide hime, he must find and rescue a missing king.


Spaghetti And Meatballs For All! Spaghetti And Meatballs For All!
by Marilyn Burns

Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests--with their own seating plans!

 


What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure
by Julie Ellis (Author), Phyllis Hornung (Illustrator)

Young Pythagoras can't seem to stay out of trouble. Every time he tries to help, people get angry. What's a curious kid to do?

On a trip to Egypt, Pythagoras' curiosity helps him discover the secret of the right triangle. A clever introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem.

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Division
Time
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Powers of Two
Fractions
Problem Solving
Charts & Graphs
Estimating
Grouping, Comparing & Matching

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