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Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart 2) Paperback – August 21, 2001

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-An excellent tool for introducing a unit on three-dimensional shapes. After conquering galaxies, Captain Invincible and his space-dog, Comet, prepare for an adventurous return to Earth in their spaceship Hawk. Using the Space Shaper panel, with its three-dimensional buttons that include a cube, a cone, and a pyramid, the captain and the pup wage a battle against a meteor shower, poison gas, a flying saucer, and a galactic beast. Just as the two are about to land safely, a beam of light floods their spaceship, and an open bedroom door reveals the true source of this journey-a child's late-night, wondrous imagination with the help of paper, scissors, and Scotch tape. The bold cartoon art in deep, bright colors draws readers into this fun and exciting story that is a vehicle for learning to recognize and define geometric shapes. The concluding reinforcement strategies and activities are very good. A good choice as a read-aloud or for independent reading.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 1-4. In this new entry in Murphy's MathStart (level two) series, young astronaut Captain Invincible gives his dog, Comet, a crash course in geometry. Piloting through space the pair encounters several dangerous situations, which they avert by pushing one of six three-dimensional buttons on their instrument panel, ejecting a corresponding Spacer Shape that does the job. When an ominous gas invades the ship, for instance, Captain Invincible pushes a conically shaped button, releasing a cone that sucks up the gas through its circular base. The glossy Jetson-like cartoon illustrations have high entertainment value, the shapes are clearly identifiable, and the story gives the math lesson an out-of-this-world appeal. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 150L (What's this?)
  • Series: MathStart 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; MathStart 2 edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064467317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064467315
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Evanston, Illinois.

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Format: Paperback
3-dimensional shapes are named and described in a story about a boy and his dog pretending to be on a space adventure but their use in the story is very contrived. Example: when they go thru a meteor shower, they use the cube since "The radar beams from our directional cube will help us find a path to safety. Good thing the 6 square faces of the cube are working properly." About all you can expect from this book is a picture of 6 3-D objects and their names - not related in any way to where they really occur in the real world. I think my 5 year old, who likes space stuff was about as bored as I was.
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By A Customer on October 1, 2003
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Set in a comic book format, this book has been a favorite of my 4 year old son since we bought it. A very simple book, and very appropriate for preschoolers. The writing is a little lame at one point, but my son doesn't care and thoroughly enjoys this book ( and he's learned some simple math concepts without realizing he's been taught).
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For your little reader, this is a comic book about a little boy space hero, up past his bedtime. For moms and dads, this book introduces 3-D geometric shapes (spheres, cylinders, etc) and launches you into finding similar shapes around the house.
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By Jenny on October 27, 2010
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1. I love the book, it's a great way to introduce 3D shapes.
2. The shipping arrived on-time.
3. I had no problems with the seller or the product! Thank you.
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I recently used this book as an introduction to geometry and the students loved it. We created substations and worked together as different color-coded crews as Mission Control Mathematicians. The students were engaged with the story of Captain Invincible and loved the ending!
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The comic book format was a real hit with my kinders. They also got to review 2-D & 3-D shapes as I read this. The pictures are bright & colorful. Great read-aloud or book that the kids can do along with you using manipulatives.
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My daughter is using these to teach a preschool class at a school and they have been wonderful and incredibly useful We bought a number of the books and each one is well done and interesting to the kids.
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I used this as part of my 3d shapes lesson during an observation. The boys in my LOVED this and it's comic book like style. It was a great reinforcement to our introduction on shapes.
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