Burns, Marilyn. The Greedy Triangle. Illustrated by Gordon Silveria. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
The Greedy Triangle is a concept book. If you are like me, you like to match picture books to academic subjects. Math is usually a harder subject to find books to match so I am always excited to find one. Marilyn Burns has written a delightful story about a triangle who gets bored and wants to add a side and an angle. This happens multiple times until he has so many sides he is almost a circle. With each shape – triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, and hexagon – Marilyn Burns describes how each shape is used and where it can be found in our surroundings. For the heptagon, octagon, nonagon, and decagon – they are just mentioned in the text and shown in the illustration.
Gordon Silveria chose a carton style for his illustrations. They were created using an acrylic airbrush and colored pencils. His pictures do a great job of showing children what the shapes look like and how they can be found in the world around us.
If you are looking for math books for your library, I highly recommend The Greedy Triangle written by Marilyn Burns.
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