Sizing up Winter

Do you think that math matters to the animals and plants? What if nature knew numbers like you? Imagine what measuring could do.

Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date? In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and measurement.

The Story Behind the Book

While helping my kids with their math homework, I was struck by how some of the math concepts seemed to be discussed in more interesting ways than I remembered. But still, one of my kids kept complaining about why they had to learn this stuff, so I decided to play what if–what if animals used math too? That was the inspiration.

From there it was research and putting together the math and the animals. I got to have fun with the idea of animals using math. Because really, wouldn’t you love to see some muskoxen tell the time?

Sizing Up Winter

Written by Lizann Flatt
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Published by OwlKids Books, Sept 2013
ISBN: 978-1-926973-82-1
32 pages
8½ x 10 ¾

Part of the Math in Nature Series

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Awards and Honors

Starred Choice from spring 2014 Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

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