Teddy Bear Patterns

Teddy Bear Patterns

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By: Barbara Barbieri McGrath / Illustrated by: Tim Nihoff

Patterns can come
in all shapes and sizes.
They can be silly
and full of surprises.

The teddy bears are back—this time to teach readers all about patterns. The latest addition to the McGrath Math series of concept books, Teddy Bear Patterns uses rhyming verse to explain the concepts illustrated by the colorful teddies. This simple text helps children follow along as the teddy bears sort by color and arrange patterns of two colors, three colors, and so on. Readers will also discover how they can use patterns to skip count, add, multiply, and even create a pattern of their own.

Teddy Bear Patterns is a wonderful addition to classrooms that already use bear counters or other manipulatives as learning tools. Back matter provides a summary of the concepts introduced in the book.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author

Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Gray Bunny, The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

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Tim Nihoff, illustrator

Tim Nihoff is the illustrator of Otter Everywhere (Candlewick). He is also a graphic designer. Tim lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

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Editorial Reviews:


McGrath starts with a simple definition of a pattern and grows the concept progressively to include multiplication as well as odds and evens in her fourth installation of the McGrath Math series. Nihoff's bold Photoshop illustrations appear to be Gummy Bear-inspired and are laid out against a stark white background sure to hold children's attention. Although a mere 32 pages, teachers could potentially select a segment of the book to use with their classes for a lesson, depending upon the grade level. The book lends itself to interactivity, particularly since packages of plastic bears are available that students could manipulate. Ina climate with such emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Curriculum), this is a strong choice for both school and public libraries.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-422-7

ISBN: 978-1-58089-423-4

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-595-4
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Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32
10 x 7

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The McGrath Math series
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