Perfect Picture Book Friday: Seeing Symmetry


Author/Illustrator: Loreen Leedy
Publication Info: Holiday House, 2012
Intended audience: Grades 1-3  (NOTE: Meets Common Core math standards for Grade 4.)
Genre: nonfiction picture book
Themes/topics: math
Opening and synopsis:
“Butterfly wings have it. Triceratops had it. The word MOM has it.When you know what to look for, it’s easy to start…seeing symmetry.”
Symmetry is all around us: on our bodies and in plants, animals, the alphabet, art and more. Leedy’s dynamic illustrations make it easy for students to “see symmetry” on the page and in their world. Check out her book trailer:
Why I like this book: Symmetry is a math concept you have to see to believe. Leedy’s images clearly show both line and rotational symmetry and help students understand key concepts like “line of symmetry” and “asymmetrical.” Her backmatter is extensive and includes notes, activities, a glossary and an explanation of why symmetry is something students should know.
Resources: Seeing Symmetry includes two activities in the backmatter. There are instructions for making a Symme-TREE by folding paper in half and drawing a tree along the fold line. Students can cut out and decorate their tree for an example of line symmetry. She also has instructions for making a paint blot picture by putting blobs of paint on a sheet of paper. Children fold the paper in half one way and then the other to complete the picture. Leedy also has a wealth of resources (many free) on her TeachersPayTeachers Web site.
Every Friday bloggers review “Perfect Picture Books.” Find a complete list of book reviews organized by topic, genre and blogger at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site.
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23 Replies to “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Seeing Symmetry”

  1. This looks awesome, Kirsten! And the cover reminds me of the William Blake poem – Tiger tiger burning bright… – which mentions symmetry. I love these very visual depictions of concepts. Thanks so much for adding this one!

    1. Ok, I’m having flashbacks to my college English literature survey class. 🙂 This is a fantastic book. While it’s over Cooper’s head, he loves looking at the illustrations.

  2. Wow, I love this book! Sounds like a concept book. What a great way to teach kids about summetry! The video was a lot of fun to watch. And your activities are wonderful!
    Nice choice.

  3. This book sounds fantastic… thanks for sharing! I love things to be symmetrical, and yet somehow I never thought of it as being a mathematical principle! I learn so much from your blog posts.

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