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A Beautiful House for Birds by Grace Lin
Mar 14, 2023 | ISBN 9781632893147

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♦ When a girl decorates a birdhouse, readers learn about patterns.
Lin’s brilliant new addition to the Storytelling Math series explores a single math concept with a simple story told in language appropriate to the board-book set. A Black girl named Olivia, a recurring character in the series, has a wooden birdhouse. “How should I paint it?” she asks readers. Spare wording on each page explains her choice—pink and green stripes—introduces the word pattern, and asks readers to guess which color would come next. Then, in a clever twist, she gets distracted (“Oh hello, birds!”) and accidentally paints a blue stripe. “Oops!” The blue stripe isn’t in the pattern, but after a brief frown, she finds a solution, giving caregivers an opportunity to discuss both more complicated math concepts and making mistakes. It is impressive how few words Lin uses to convey important foundational concepts of patterns, problem-solving, and caring for animals—all in language accessible to toddlers. Her signature painting style is both colorful and homey, its black outlines and visible paint strokes exuding a relaxed feel. Backmatter discusses the importance of learning about patterns and empowers adults to extend the learning through conversation and by noticing patterns all around them.
An exceptionally layered and educational board book. 
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Lin continues her Storytelling Math series with this simple exploration of patterns. Little Olivia isexcited to decorate a wooden birdhouse and decides to paint its roof with pink and green stripes.All is going well until Olivia accidentally adds a blue stripe. “Oops! Now what?” Forging on, amore complex pattern takes shape as the girl continues painting with three colors. The simpletext includes repetition and questions directed at the reader, ensuring their engagement withboth concept and story. Lin’s color-saturated artwork directly supports the text, and closing tipsfor educators or caregivers extend the pattern lesson beyond the book.


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