CM June 28, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 37

image Squares:
     Shapes in Math, Science and Nature.

Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996. 64pp, paper, $12.95.
ISBN: 1-55074-273-6.

Grades 4 - 9 / Ages 9 - 14.
Review by Gerri Young.


THERE IS NO DOUBT of the excellence of Squares. Once the book is in hand, a teacher will very quickly say, "I want this book!"

     Squares will not only help teachers and children with math, but science, social studies, and art classes.

     All aspects of living with squares are covered. For example: square areas, numbers, illusions and puzzles; city squares, square buildings and mazes; square designs, origami, and tangrams; cubes in legend, puzzles, prisms, and architecture. Puzzle answers are in the back. A glossary explains long words that might be new to some children, and a comprehensive index is included. Bill Slavin's colourful illustrations and diagrams add immensely to an understanding of the concepts.

     Catherine S. Ross has also written other titles in the "shapes in Math, Science and Nature" series including the award-winning titles Circles and Triangles. Ross is Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Bill Slavin has illustrated many children's books, including Earthdance and the "Starting with Space" series. Kids Can Press publishes superb non-fiction for Canadian children.

Highly recommended.

Gerri F. Young works in Fort Nelson, B.C.

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