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Let's Fly a Kite (MathStart 2) Paperback – August 22, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: MathStart 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064467376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064467377
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-3-Bob and Hannah argue over everything during their day at the beach-how to decorate the kite they are going to fly, sharing the backseat of the car, who gets the last sandwich, and who sits where on the beach towel. Their resourceful baby-sitter finds a solution to each problem using the concept of symmetry. Floca's watercolor-and-ink-line cartoons enhance the story and ably depict the method used to divide everyday objects into two equal parts. Examples of nonsymmetry are shown in each situation (e.g., dividing the kite horizontally so that the bottom half is larger), thus adding to the story's conflict and encouraging a better understanding of the concept. The book would work best as a read-aloud to start or supplement a lesson on symmetry. Follow-up activities are appended. Teachers and students will appreciate this useful book.
Toni D. Moore, Simon Kenton High School, Independence, KY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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 Boston.



Brian Floca's illustrations have appeared in several books by Avi, including the six volumes of the Poppy stories and the graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark. For younger readers, he is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo II as well as the highly praised books Lightship, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and ALA Notable Book; The Racecar Alphabet, also an ALA Notable Book; and Five Trucks.


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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
For this book, it's the illustrations that do the most work. When the idea is symmetry, you have to SHOW IT. Brian Floca's illustrations got the point across clearly and quickly.

I usually LOVE Stuart J. Murphy's books, not only for the excellent way they explain math concepts, but also *because* they show children behaving themselves... this book fell down a little in that regard. The children were, quite frankly, bratty to one another, and the most admirable character was the babysitter. Ah, well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Cute math book about symmetry. It's nice that there are books about math comprehension and that are fun to read. It changes the regular workbook mentality about Math.
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By JS02563 on July 19, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Perfect book to send to grandchild along with a kite design quilt!
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