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Book: The Shape Family Babies
Author: Kristin Haas
Illustrator: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1628552119 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1628552115 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1628552201 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1628552204 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://kristinsistihaas.blogspot.com (author), http://shennenbersani.com (illustrator), http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com or http://www.arbordalepublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Haas, Kristin. The Shape Family Babies (published in 2014 by Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). Do you know what a rectangle and a rhombus are? Once upon a time, a rectangle and a rhombus fell in love, married, and were expecting a child. They wondered whom the baby would look like. It ended up that they had three babies. One had all equal sides like Mother Rhombus. The second had four right angles like Father Rectangle. But the third had both equal sides and four right angles. What should they name it? Cousin Triangle, Cousin Trapezoid, Aunt Hexagon, Uncle Pentagon, Grandpa Rectangle, Grandma Rhombus, and Great-Aunt Octagon all have suggestions. Can you guess what shape the third baby is?
Shapes galore! Author Kristin Haas, a third grade teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education, knows how books inspire learning and engage the minds of young readers. The Shape Family Babies will encourage young math students at home or in classrooms to learn about the various kinds of shapes. The “For Creative Minds” section in the back has further information about polygons and quadrilaterals and a “Name that Shape!” exercise. Also, an additional teaching activities guide is available online at the publisher’s website. With Shennen Bersani’s cute illustrations, this is an adorable way to introduce or reinforce the different geometric shapes.