Sizing Up Winter by Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron

Sizing Up Winter by Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron. Owlkids Books, 9781771473392, 2018

Format: Paperback

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

Genre: Picture Books

 What did you like about the book? This interesting book uses the winter season to demonstrate different ways of measuring. A child will count snowflakes to see how far a snowy owl flies, look at prints in the snow to determine which animal is bigger, decide which pond is larger by how many otters can fit into it, and whether a mama polar bear is heavier than her two cubs by the way they balance on a floating chunk of ice. There are many wintertime creatures featured in this book including cardinals and chickadees, deer mice, snowshoe hare, snow fleas, porcupines, musk oxen, ptarmigan, weasels, and groundhogs. The last few pages of the book offer some interesting facts about each of the animals featured in the story.

The artwork provided by Ashley Barron is amazing. She uses a combination of watercolor backgrounds and paper cut-outs to illustrate all these animals living in their beautiful woodland settings. The colors are a combination of soft and bright–softness during the long night time skies and the vivid colors of cardinals and the Northern Lights accenting the environment.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and seven years old–a great introduction of math concepts to very young children. There are other books in this Math in Nature series and I would recommend this book if a child has already enjoyed the other books.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and seven years old. An added bonus, Owlkids Books offers lesson plans and activities on their website for each book.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: March 25, 2021

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