Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: Shapes in Math, Science and Nature Squares, Triangles and Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross

The three most basic shapes -- squares, triangles and circles -- are all around us, from the natural world to the one we've engineered. Full of fascinating facts about these shapes and their 3D counterparts, Shapes in Math, Science and Nature introduces young readers to the basics of geometry and reveals its applications at home, school and everywhere in between. Puzzles and activities add to the fun factor.
I'm usually not interested in learning about shapes, but I figured that this would be at least a little bit interesting since it is a children's trivia book.

In Shapes in Math, Science and Nature Squares Triangles and Circles, readers get to learn all sorts of trivia about squares, triangles and circles. There are also activities, puzzles and other fun stuff for kids to learn and try.

This book was chockful of interesting stories, a number of which were new to me. For example, I had no idea that the cylindrical structures at the corners of some castle walls were there because cannonballs tended to roll off them instead of destroying them. There were also some legends and stories about things like famous landmarks.

What makes the book worth buying, I think, are the number of fun puzzles, brainteasers and activities for kids to try, like creating a tetrahedral gift box. There were also tips for things like doubling a square, and there were a list of formulas for quick reference.

However, there were moments when I skipped around and lost interest. I think it's because the book is rather text-heavy and because I'm not too keen on the illustration style.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the e-ARC.


  1. There are lots of activities and puzzles to keep kids busy.
  2. There are a lot of interesting trivia.
  3. Kids can learn a lot of things they can use in school.


  1. Some kids may get bored easily because of the amount of text. 

The best things about cones is you can put jamocha grape ice cream in them. 

  1. Your child likes trivia books.
  2. You want your child to appreciate math and science more.
  3. Your child likes doing activities and trying to solve brainteasers. 




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