From School Library Journal
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
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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.