Squares, Rectangles, and other Quadrilaterals – David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller

         Squares, Rectangles, and other Quadrilaterals – David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller, Holiday House, 9780823437597, 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  3

What did you like about the book?  The book will immediately appeal to young readers with its primary color illustrations and the cute dog and cat characters.  It quickly jumps into examples of each quadrilateral, starting with a simple square and leading deeper into the various other four-sided shapes, defining its arms and the angles and ultimately using a clock face to distinguish the measure of a 90-degree angle and then other angles up to a 360-degree circle. There are suggested activities for hands on play that may require adult support for the designated age range.  The questions at the end cleverly require the reader to study the busy endpapers to find the correct answers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The book starts out with somewhat sophisticated vocabulary such as polygons and quadrilaterals without a clear explanation of what they are. Rather it leads the reader through the individual concepts which may be overwhelming for some. The younger reader would likely need a support person to help clarify meaning. The topic is fun but seems a bit dense for the targeted age group 6-9 years.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children who enjoy Math or Geometry or those who need support on four-sided polygons and children up to age 11 or 12. Math teachers, parents, after school programs that support creativity and hands on math experiences.

Who should buy this book?  Elementary school libraries, Math, STEAM or enrichment programs, public libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction 516

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, it’s is best used as supplemental material.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandy Kelly, JV Fletcher Library Westford, MA retired School Librarian in Carlisle, MA.

Date of review:  October 22, 2018


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