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The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! was written and illustrated by Bette A. Stevens (1st Edition published by Windswept House, Mt. Desert, ME in 1997) as an educational  resource to use in her classroom. Kids, teachers and families are still raving about this book.

“Awesome and Creative!” ~ S.B.

“These were fun, so I wish there had been more pages.”
~ Ocean Breeze

“The animal shapes are fun and the riddles are great too.
Don’t worry the answers are in the book so you will
not get stuck trying to figure them out.”

~ David M. Howard, author

“A great tutoring resource. I would highly recommend
it as a teaching aid for parents or tutors.

~ Charles Bray, educator and author

For hours of creative learning at home
and in the classroom, visit

Kids will learn how to make their own tangrams

  • Solve tangram puzzles
  • Solve rhyming riddles
  • Create their own creatures & riddles
    to add to THE ZOO…

TZ Flamingo Pages

TZ Cover BW



  • Get the kids out of that boredom slump with THE TANGRAM ZOO by Bette A. Stevens—a great resource for home or school. Puzzles, poetry, reading, research, writing & projects too! (ages 5–adult)
  • Looking for some Classroom or Family Fun with the kids or grandkids? Need some quality together time on a rainy or snowy day?
  • Solve 18 puzzles and riddles, make your own tangram puzzle pieces; then write your own riddles and add your creatures to THE ZOO!
    Solutions and project ideas included.

Visit THE TANGRAM ZOO AND WORD PUZZLES TOO! written and illustrated by Maine author/illustrator. Paperback only $6.99 for hours of creative learning and hands-on fun. Get your copy at YOUR AMAZON today!

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  2. Tanagrams are so fun and such a great math teaching tool! Thanks for writing about them.


  3. We studied China a couple weeks ago and I included a tangram set as one of our Montessori trays. My 5-year old can’t get enough of them and has asked me not to change the tray for the last three weeks running even though we’ve moved on to the middle East now. I just know she’d love this book! Thanks so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday this week on Mommynificent.com!


    • Hi, Tina. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your story. The book has a bit of history in it too and pages for kids to make their own tangrams and riddles too. The great thing I found when using THE TANGRAM ZOO as a teaching resource, was how kids loved learning about math (geometry/the relationship of area and perimeter), science(researching the animals they create) and writing riddles too. Have lots of fun with the kids and have a wonderful Easter. I love being part of your wonderful linkup and keep finding great resouces to share there. Blessings! ❤ 🙂


  4. This book looks like something my kids would adore! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!


  5. Sounds like a fun book! The video looks great too. I’ve always loved tangrams.


  6. This looks like a great way to combine reading with math and a little art appreciation! I hope you’ll link up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=782


  7. Bette, I have been trying to send you an e-mail since yesterday and they keep bouncing. I’m good for the 11th. Thanks, John


  8. What age for this. I have a pretty smart 5 year old and an 8 year old. I’like to get them for Christmas. One is a great grandson and one a great nephew, both boys.


    • I would recommend ages 5-11 and used it in my own classrooms (4th, 5th & 6th grade)… Thanks, Micki, I hope they have tons of tangram fun and you too! Thanks, my awesome and talented author friend. HUGS… ❤


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