- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823423603
- ISBN-13: 978-0823423606
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seeing Symmetry Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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"Leedy has provided a clear and detailed explanation of a core mathematical concept that will be useful in classrooms."
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About the Author
Loreen Leedy has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children, including Look at My Book and The Great Graph Contest, which School Library Journal praised as "exciting and energetic" in a starred review. She lives in central Florida.
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In this book, she present symmetry in such a clear and memorable way -- it is rare to see a math concept book this well done. The book itself is very nice -- extra large illustrations on higher-quality paper.
This book is a keeper.
Many animals like humans are symmetrical in their makeup.
A Line of symmetry can be vertical or horizontal. Much of the alphabet and even words like MOM and BOX are symmetrical.
She introduces rotational symmetry with propellers and wheels.
Found in artwork from long ago including portraits, patterns, furniture and buildings we have continued to utilize symmetry. Super picture book explaining the basic principle of symmetry to children in a fun and exciting way!
Includes activities in the back of the book to reinforce learning. My children loved looking at each picture and drawing the imaginary line of symmetry and then looking around their own surroundings for similar things. I think this was a great way to share a concept that is exciting but can get dulled down a bit in math books. Teaching them via a picture book is an awesome way to get it ingrained in their mind!
I received this book from the publisher Holiday House Book in exchange for an honest opinion.
I love how the author/illustrator builds on basic foundations so that a child can easily follow and understand the concept of symmetry. Colorful illustrations of objects such as a cupcake, a dragonfly, turtle, etc. encourage children to look for symmetry. The book then goes on to show the concept of what constitutes symmetry and what is meant by the word "symmetrical". There are lots of illustrations to help a child understand this concept, conveyed in clear lines and step-by-step illustrations in some cases.
The concepts of "line symmetry" (vertical and horizontal) as well as "rotational symmetry" is also portrayed via various illustrations. Author/illustrator Loreen Leedy provides notes at the end to explain these concepts further (great for teachers and parents) as well as ideas for fun activities that will reinforce a child's understanding of the concept. There's even a vocabulary listing of words pertaining to the concept and also an explanation (and this is something I truly appreciate) of why "symmetry" is important in math.
I'd highly recommend this book for school and library collections, and a must-read for children learning the concept of symmetry.
You will understand symmetry after reading this clever and colorful book, whether you are fifty or five.
Kristy, the art teacher