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February 01, 2013
10.0 X 6.8 X 0.2 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Barbara Barbieri McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Gray Bunny, The Little Red Elf, The Little Green Witch, and many bestselling math concept books. Her love for writing, children and making learning fun was the inspiration for her first children's book, The M&M Brand Counting Book, which sold over 1 million copies. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts. Tim Nihoff is the illustrator of Otter Everywhere (Candlewick). He is also a graphic designer and sculptor who creates toys, furniture, and other "fun fine art" from found objects. Tim lives and works on a small island in Maine.
McGrath starts with a simple definition of a pattern and grows the concept progressively to include multiplication as well as odds and evens in her fourth installation of the McGrath Math series. Nihoff's bold Photoshop illustrations appear to be Gummy Bear-inspired and are laid out against a stark white background sure to hold children's attention. Although a mere 32 pages, teachers could potentially select a segment of the book to use with their classes for a lesson, depending upon the grade level. The book lends itself to interactivity, particularly since packages of plastic bears are available that students could manipulate. Ina climate with such emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Curriculum), this is a strong choice for both school and public libraries.