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The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns
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Nov 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-for-libs-642, picture

1. This book would fall under the category of a picture book, concept.
2. A triangle becomes unhappy with his lot in life and goes to the shapeshifter to become someone new. As the shapeshifter gives him a new side, the character can have new and different adventures. He soon grows dissatisfied and returns to the shapeshifter to change again. Soon the character realizes that even though the new shapes are exciting, he misses his friends.
3. critique
a. This book reads like a story and hides the learning.
b. The reader follows the greedy triangle as he makes his changes from one shape to the next. Each side gives him a new name and new jobs to do. The story tells of all the different places that the new shape can be found.
c. How many different places can you find a pentagon? This book tells you that pentagons can be found at home plate of a baseball field, on the side of a soccer ball, and at a top secret building in Washington DC. Triangles can also be found on everyone’s body – when you place your hand on your hip a triangle forms!
4. a curriculum connection
Children who are learning about shapes could benefit from this book. It also teaches sequence and cause and effect.

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