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Sorting through Spring

Math in Nature

By Lizann Flatt , Ashley Barron and Claudia Dávila

From 5 to 7 | 32 pages, color

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals.

What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would flowers bloom in patterns? Would raindrops fall in rhythm? Would birds balance evenly on branches? In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability.

This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.

Teacher's guide, lesson plan, and activities available at
Lizann Flatt, Ashley Barron
"Barron's gorgeous cut-paper collages are certainly the highlight, drenching every page in spring sights and colors." - Kirkus Reviews
"The layered, 3D, cut-paper collage techniques employed by artist Ashley Barron provide an opportunity for children to become familiar with sorting and classification, balance, and pattern rules in a visually attractive way." - Resource Links
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments." - Green Teacher Magazine
"Vibrant collage illustrations captivate the reader in a visually stimulating reading and problem solving exercise." - Canadian Review of Materials
"The lyrical, rhythmic text and Ashley Barron's unusual collage artwork will attract children in the early grades." - The Muskokan
"Picture books which deal with mathematical concepts such as probability, ratio, and complex patterns are rare, and the charming illustrations of animals in spring make this book an attractive seasonal choice for young readers."
- Books for Kids Blog
Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable's Information Book Award, 2014

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