When I was in 8th grade, geometry class was a dreadful experience. The teacher filled the chalkboard with formulas scribbled from one end to the other. Her lecture started two seconds after the tardy bell and didn’t end until the dismissal bell. None of it made any sense, and I barely got out of there with a C.

After reading this fun and informative title, I realized a homemade pie would have saved me back then. What the teacher never provided were hands-on applications to all the concepts. Now I have them to share with kids and teachers in one easy to read guide.


Perfect for ages 9-12, here’s the publisher background on this title:

With scrumptious-looking photos, easy recipes, and a variety of pies to bake or just ogle, this book provides a fun and memorable approach to thinking and learning about circles, polygons, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, tessellation, symmetry, area, volume, and more. This book will leave the reader with a taste for geometry!

The chapters are laid out with easy to follow explanations followed with how it relates to pies. The recipes alone will keep me busy for the next several months:

  • Butterscotch Pie
  • Super Simple Symmetrical Pumpkin Pie
  • Tessellating Samosa Hand Pie Appetizers
  • Crustless Quiche
  • Polygon Chicken Pot Pie
  • No Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lattice Apple Pie
  • 360-Degree Mini Berry Pies With Homemade Crust

Besides the delicious sounding treats for the palate, the true benefit of GEOMETRY IS AS EASY AS PIE is you come away with a solid understanding of an often misunderstood branch of mathematics. A pie-related set of math problems are included in the back pages along with a full glossary of terms.  Get a copy for any 4th-6th graders and they will surely be acing that upcoming Geometry class.


KatieCoppensKatie Coppens lives in Maine with her husband and two children. She is an award winning teacher who started her career as a middle school math teacher. She has since taught all subjects in third through sixth grade, and also taught high school biology and English in Tanzania. With any grade or subject, Katie emphasizes the value of creative and critical thinking. Katie has multiple publications, including a teacher’s guide for the National Science Teaching Association entitled Creative Writing in Science: Activities That Inspire, Geology is a Piece of Cake, and The Acadia Files chapter book series. Katie also writes a column for NSTA’s Science Scope magazine called “Interdisciplinary Ideas”. For more information on her publications, please visit

You can also connect with Katie on Twitter @Katie_Coppens


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  1. Ohhhhh…this would have been a life saver in my day, too! Think I’ll buy it now anyway. I could use a few good pie recipes. Be well, Greg!

  2. Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    What a fun approach to talking about math—and the recipes sound great as well! Thanks for sharing this neat book!

  3. Yum! What a great way to approach math. I wish I had known about this method when I was a kid. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    Brilliant concept! I too struggled with any math beyond algebra- and once letters were used for numbers I was completely lost. This looks like a great teacher resource.

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