A Star in My Orange

Looking for Nature's Shapes

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Have you ever seen a star in an orange? Or branches in a feather? Or the swirl of a wave? Or little shapes on a fish’s scales? Look closely at the shapes you’ll discover in this book. Then look closely at the world around you. Peek in your garden. Visit the seashore. Take a walk in the woods. You can find nature’s shapes almost everywhere you look.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science
Copyright 2002
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037030, JNF051000
Dewey 516
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.875 x 9
ATOS Reading Level 1.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 57452
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • Booklist Top 10 Science Books for Youth, Winner, 2002



“Ordinary books of shapes concentrate on the geometric basics, such as squares, circles, and triangles. Rau looks to nature for inspiration and finds stars not just in the sky but in an orange half, a starfish, and a snowflake. She sees spirals in a seahorse, a ram’s horns, and a seashell. The concepts are a little less obvious than the commonly discussed shapes, but they are perfectly clear within the colorful, well-focused photos of scenes in nature. . . A very simple yet well-designed and effective book presenting fundamental forms that children can observe in nature. . .” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Through one-sentence descriptions and full-color, uncluttered photographs, readers are taken on a journey of discovery in the natural world. Rau begins with a star in the sky and then moves to objects that children might be able to examine more closely to find that shape, including an orange, a starfish, a snowflake, and a daisy. The author’s other examples from nature are sometimes patterns: ‘branching’ as seen in deer antlers and a child’s extended arms and hands, and others as found (but not named) in a bee’s honeycomb, a turtle shell, and pinecones. The spiral is also considered and leads into the final page where the text comes full circle: ’I’m spinning, just like the Earth through the sky of stars.’ An illustrated spread at the end of the book provides additional notes.” —School Library Journal