My Garden is a Square eBook


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My Garden is a Square: A Journey Through the Home of Numbers and Shapes

This rhyming children’s picture book enables young readers to see the patterns and structures in numbers and shapes through the magical world of Numberland; a land where numbers come to life and have their own houses and gardens! The story and pictures inspire us to find mathematics in the world around us: Number Four has 4 braids in her hair and 4 flowers in her square garden… Why? And what else can you find?

The concept of Numberland was first conceived in 2004 from research into children’s mathematical development by Dr Gerhard Friedrich of Germany.


Enchanting, entertaining, and engaging! MY GARDEN IS A SQUARE is a “math-for-all” delightful tale of “Numberland’s” fundamental and essential entities. The numbers come alive via this visually-appealing story’s multiple representations. The book also poses good questions that organically provoke mathematical thought in children. A must-have early years book! -Jaspreet Sethi, Founder “Math with a Smile,” India

An easy way to introduce children to the world of numbers and patterns. Bright and easy to follow, I’d highly recommend this book to help young children to start noticing numbers around them and to engage in all the patterns that can be seen. -Debbie Kemish, Retired Director of International School in Australia

About the Authors

Barbara Schindelhauer advocates for education through the eyes of children and promotes the holistic concept “Let’s Visit Numberland” among teachers and parents. She has presented projects and studies in different settings and has been training teachers since 2004 in Germany and internationally. She has been a keynote speaker and session leader at various conferences with a focus on mathematics and literacy in Germany, the UK, Poland, and Chile.Barbara’s mission is to fully embrace the chances of early mathematics and contribute to equal chances for all children.

Mark Hansen has been involved in education for nearly 2 decades as a classroom teacher, Master Teacher of Mathematics and Deputy Principal. He is also the father of 4 children. He has a passion for learning and for igniting that passion in others, particularly in mathematics, where his work has been featured in educational journals. His goal is for schools and societies to have students who are confident, creative communicators in mathematics, that they see the purpose in it and enjoy engaging with it. He is based in Australia, and this is his second children’s book after Math for All (TBR Books, 2021).


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