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Posted April 30, 2001
Practice in Noticing Small Differences in Outline Shapes
One of the most difficult problems that many beginning readers have is to notice those pesky little differences between letters (like b and d, and q and p). Many children don't focus that much and get a general impression of a shape when looking at a letter or a group of letters. This interesting beginning reader helps you child to 'see' the benefits of studying detail more closely. The book is primarily a series of solid shapes (mostly black on white) set off with bright colors used in some shapes, as backgrounds for others, and as rectangles around words. Each one is a different item. Some of the many items silhouetted include a bug, balloon, bed, bike, beans, flowers, mice, big mahines, elephants, ships, teapots, water dripping, bird cages, peanuts, pineapple, noses, grapes, glasses, scissors, the various shapes that gum can be pulled into, smoke, marshmallows, fires, mountains, roosters, horses, tires, camels, bees, back door keys, spider webs, clothes, garden hose, mug, imaginary beings (like a BLOGG), trombone, fish, whale and a frog. This is not all, but it is more than half. As you can imagine, a young child will be able to identify very few while an older child will get almost all of them. Not all of the profiles have words associated with them in the text. As a result, this book should be read in different ways at different stages of development. For example, two year olds will identify more objects if they get a hint from you. Also, if you child likes sounds, you could make a sound like the object for your clue. For an older child, you can also work together to spell the names of the shapes that are not in the text. For someone about to graduate from the book, you could try creating some rhymes with the shapes that are not mentioned. The book itself is simple to read, and has a typical Dr. Seuss rhyming scheme. The key lessons are summarized as: 'Everything comes in different shapes.' 'No shapes are ever quite alike.' There is also nice encouragement for your child to feel special, for having a unique shape. That's a nice tie-in to the concept of encouraging your child to notice the small differences that help in reading. This point is brought home in the end when the child narrator says, 'I say, 'HOORAY for the shapes we're in!'' This book will be of most value for a child who is starting to have some success in identifying letters, so although this is a beginning reader . . . it's not the first reader you should use. After you have enjoyed this book, you might also do some art projects in which your child picks out items that she or he wants you to cut out. You could paste them onto a card along with the item's name, and create your own flash cards for words you child wants to learn! Notice the small things, so you can see the big picture! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
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Posted March 24, 2011
Daughter's All-Time Favorite
We have been reading this to our daughter for almost 3 years now and she still loves it. She had it pretty much memorized by the time she was 2. She still spends quite a bit of time just studying the pictures. The pictures are not overwhelming with tons of details, but are really just shapes or shadows. I like the "message" too that everything comes in different shapes. The end says, "Of all the shapes we might have been, I say hooray for the shapes we're in!". Love it!
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Posted February 26, 2013
My fayorite book is the shape of me and other stuff by Dr.
My fayorite book is the shape of me and other stuff by Dr. Seuss. This book is about animals, shapes, and airplanes. My favorite part of the story was the page thet said a bug and balloon and a bike. Little sisters will like it because it is by Dr Seuss. RR (1st grade)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2012
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