Away We Go!: A Shape and Seek Book

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Filled with planes, trains, and automobiles, AWAY WE GO! teaches basic shapes through bold designs and inventive die-cuts on every page.

Triangles become sailboats and hearts become airplanes as each spread reveals a different mode of transportation made from bright colors and geometric shapes. The creative challenge of this board book is to find the vehicles in the shapes and to find the shapes in the vehicles.

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Overview


Filled with planes, trains, and automobiles, AWAY WE GO! teaches basic shapes through bold designs and inventive die-cuts on every page.

Triangles become sailboats and hearts become airplanes as each spread reveals a different mode of transportation made from bright colors and geometric shapes. The creative challenge of this board book is to find the vehicles in the shapes and to find the shapes in the vehicles.

With special search-and-find shape-based games throughout, children will love learning and searching for basic shapes in this clever collection of things that go!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Urban demonstrates the remarkable versatility of shapes, using them to create an array of vehicles. On each brightly colored spread, a question addresses readers directly. “Do you see a square?” opens the book, as a geometric truck and train appear below. Subsequent pages ask children to find triangles, hearts, stars, octagons, and more—plenty of each can be found within each vehicle—as die cuts form each shape mentioned. With parental help, readers will finish this book with a good sense of both shapes and methods of transportation. Up to age 3. (June)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This colorful travel companion will delight your tot whether you’re journeying by train, plane, or automobile. With author/illustrator Chieu Anh Urban’s playful shape-and-seek book, little ones can look for certain shapes--squares, triangles, circles, hearts, and diamonds--as they gaze at brightly hued, stylized modes of transportation, including a tractor, a bicycle, a train, a school bus, and a hot-air balloon. Each page features a cutout of a particular shape, enabling the child to experience the shape both kinesthetically and visually. The seven whimsical blimps on the final double-page spread contain a variety of different shapes, giving kids a chance to bring all their shape-naming skills to bear in a final game of seek-and-find. Parents will enjoy participating in the game as their children’s shape knowledge and enthusiasm grow!Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum AGERANGE: Ages 1 to 3.
Kirkus Reviews
Shaped die-cut holes adorn a wide range of vehicles. The basic forms--square, circle and triangle--are represented here, along with the more rare diamond, oval and heart. The featured shape on each page is a key element on one vehicle, like the triangular sail of a sailboat or the circular wheel of a tractor. Each vehicle gets its own page and is accompanied by a simple caption. Some of the shape and vehicle pairings are clever, such as the octagon doubling as the body of the cement mixer, but a few feel a little forced--in particular, the star as the front of the motorcycle, a visually baffling composition. The left-hand page of each double-page spread asks the reader a direct question ("Do you see a rectangle?"). Floating alongside the text is a small image of the shape, but the die-cut hole always appears on the facing page. Urban often uses several shapes to create the vehicles, and the die-cut holes are layered together, so more than one shape is visible. This makes this "shape-and-seek" game a bit more challenging than many. Bold, solid backgrounds offer a clean, graphic look, but several scenes look a little sparse, since the die-cut holes force the hand of the artist in terms of placement and layout. Despite the flaws, these colorful and shapely vehicles will appeal to the target audience. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545461795
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 240,386
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Chieu Anh Urban is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer of children's books. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three daughters. You can visit her at www.chieuurban.com.
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