A Cloak for the Dreamer

Aileen Friedman

A tailor has three sons—two who want to grow up to be tailors just like their father and one son who wants to travel the world. Each son is tasked with designing and making a cloak for the Archduke. Two of the sons use pieces of cloth in the shape of rectangles, squares, and triangles, while the third son uses circles to create a cloak, leaving spaces between the shapes. You can stop the book here to see what solutions your child comes up with for fixing the cloak made of circles. This book is excellent for exploring angles and tessellations. Have your child experiment with different shapes to make tessellations, challenging them to make a tessellation involving more than one kind of shape.  

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