Thursday, November 6, 2014

PICTURE BOOK MONTH: Shapes!





ABOUT THE BOOK

Shapes are all around us. Beautiful photographs and accessible text invite readers to explore 2-d and 3-d shapes.

REVIEW

This is a fabulous book that uses real life objects to teach about shapes both flat and solid.  The photographs are bright and eye-catching which works well with the target audience.  The text explanations are simple and clear making the book easy to understand.  This book makes for a great introduction to shapes that encourages readers to see shapes in the world around them.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Moose loves shapes!
Circles! Squares! Triangles!
Hooray!

So when Moose mysteriously finds himself in a shape book (oh, please don't ask) he is the very picture of a happy Moose. Life is great! Until, well, until he wrecks everything. Now, don't you worry! Zebra will handle it. Zebra always fixes Moose's messes. And what thanks does Zebra get? Really . . . does anyone ever think about Zebra?

REVIEW

I confess, I have a soft spot in my heart for these kind of books.  A book where a character interrupts the supposed original story, which in this case is a book about shapes.  But moose loves shapes and causing mayhem and so he just can't stay out of the book.  The especially amusing part in this book though is Zebra's efforts to stop his enthusiastic friend from 'ruining' the story.  Having read the first book to groups of kindergartners, I can safely say that this is another winning combination.


ABOUT THE BOOK

What am I?
I lived a long, long time ago.
I had round eyes.
lots of sharp teeth.

This new concept book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald is sure to entertain children. As readers turn the brightly colored, die cut pages, shapes on each page come together to reveal a creature from long ago. Page by page, MacDonald’s bright, cut-paper, collage-style artwork transforms circles into eyes and triangles into scales until a familiar creature is revealed, with the aid of a large fold-out page, on the final spread.

This 9 X 9 jacketed hardcover has die-cut cardstock pages.

REVIEW

This book is sure to be a story time favorite as the author/illustrator takes the reader on a shape by shape journey into the creation of an animal.  The die-cuts make it easy to look at and compare the individual shapes and the illustrator also includes a name and image of the shape on the page as well. While some children will figure out the animal from the cover and illustrations, the final fold-out page is still a fun surprise.


ABOUT THE BOOK

We're the stars of this show: colors!

We're the stars of this show: shapes!

Wait . . .

Which team deserves the spotlight? Whose talents will steal the scene? Colors can really mix it up, but nobody stacks higher than shapes.

Red and his primary pals have some colorful surprises in store. Circle and his crew reveal whole new sides of themselves. How will the judges ever pick a winner?

Author-illustrator Mike Boldt delivers a laugh-out-loud talent show that explores both colors and shapes and invites us to appreciate the amazing things that can happen if they come together.

REVIEW

The stars of this show start out competing with each other as the colors try to prove they are more impressive than the shapes and vice versa.  Things really get started though when they realize how much more they can create together.  The fact that the number 1 and letter A are two of the judges adds a humorous touch as well as a reference to the first book (123 versus ABC).  The illustrations and speech bubbles make this a fun book to share.  Although when I read this kind of book out loud, I remind the listeners of who is speaking in case they can't see the speech bubbles very well.  This is a fun way to introduce readers to the power of colors and shapes in our world.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A little girl's neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square and rectangular. Many of the objects are Asian in origin, other universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and pizza boxes, rectangular Chinese lace and very special pencil case. Bright art accompanies this lively introduction to shapes and short glossary explains the cultural significance of the objects featured in the book. Perfect for read-alouds or one-on-one sharing.

REVIEW

My favorite part of this book is the illustrations.  Grace Lin has long been a favorite illustrator of mine and this book is no exception.  The pictures are imbued with bright colors that readers are bound to notice and the cultural aspects are accurate and intriguing.  This book looks at round, square, and rectangular things in the world around us, but it adds a nice little twist by focuses on things that have Chinese cultural significance.  Things such as Dim Sum, name chops, abacus all come into place, so not only is this a book about shapes but it's an introduction to a culture as well.

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