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Teach young children five different shapes with this delightful puzzle book. Little ones will lvoe matching shapes to objects in various scenes.
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Overview

Teach young children five different shapes with this delightful puzzle book. Little ones will lvoe matching shapes to objects in various scenes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786808441
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Baby Einstein Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 12
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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An Interview with Julie Aigner-Clark

Barnes & Noble.com: How did you come up with the idea for Baby Einstein?

Julie Aigner-Clark: I left teaching (high school English and art) to stay home with my newborn daughter and soon became very interested in child development and young children. I loved being a mom! I had long been a "connoisseur" of the arts and wanted to expose my own child to things like classical music, poetry, art, and language, in ways that would be interesting and fun for her as a baby. The marketplace was completely void of this type of stimulation for babies, and I decided to do it myself.

B&N.com: Baby Einstein began with music as its integral element (i.e., videos). How has the focus of your line translated into books? What are you trying to achieve with your books?

JAC: The videos and music give children exposure to the sounds and motion of the world around them; books give them a way to experience things like art and poetry through reading. As an English major myself, I'm a great believer in the importance of reading; there's nothing like sitting down with your child in your lap and experiencing a book together. The quiet time and the closeness that occurs during that parent/child interaction are invaluable.

B&N.com: In general, how do you come up with the ideas for your different products?

JAC: I think about the kinds of things that I feel are important, and mostly, for babies, it's exposure to the beauty of the sights and sounds in the world around us. I try to give parents a way to show their children that beauty. This is reflected in art, animals, the natural world, and literature.

B&N.com: How have the Baby Einstein books/products affected your own children -- and their development? Are they more appreciative of fine music, art, et cetera?

JAC: Both of my daughters are products of loving, caring parents. We spend time with our children going places, doing things, and reflecting with them on all different kinds of things happening in the world around us. We focus on the positive. I'd rather my children learn, at their young ages, about how a caterpillar "magically" becomes a butterfly than about most of the negative stories coming out of the news. My older daughter writes beautiful poetry, and my younger daughter plays the violin (at age four!) They're bright and kind and happy girls, and I'm hoping they stay that way!

B&N.com: Now that your children are growing up, do you have plans to develop books/merchandise for older kids? What plans -- if any -- do you have to further expand your line?

JAC: It's interesting to see how the current titles have evolved as my own children have gotten older. The reality is, I'm learning about children all the time by having children of my own. Because I'm living with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old now, I know what interests them -- and I'm less aware of what tiny babies are into as I spend less and less time with tiny babies. I do plan on expanding the line into a "little" series that moves beyond "baby," and I plan on doing that with the help of some of the creative spirits at Disney.

B&N.com: Does the success of Baby Einstein surprise you? How has it changed your life?

JAC: Every day, it surprises me. Every day I smile about it, and what a wonderful ride it's been. Mostly I'm so proud to have created something that makes little kids smile and laugh and exposes them to timeless and incredible works of art.

It hasn't changed my life significantly; the most important thing to me is still my family. It has given us the ability to spend more time together as a family, because my husband and I have begun working less as a result of the sale of the company.

B&N.com: Can you name a few of your favorite children's books?

JAC: James and the Giant Peach, anything by Rosemary Wells, The Chronicles of Narnia, anything by Dr. Seuss, Charlotte's Web. And, of course, The Little Engine That Could (because I know he was right..."I think I can!").

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

    Still a favorite after 2 years of reading...

    While I see another reviewer's point (spelling problems), this is a fun book for toddlers (gee, you could just "correct" the problem while you read since most toddlers can't read "fishes" on their own... problem solved). We got this book for our 18-month old when we were getting ready to take one of her first plane trips. The story line involves Jane, a monkey who is on a search for a particular animal. She hops into her plane and flies through various ecosystems, looking for the animal. The storyline rhymes (I think this engages young kids) and the kids can "lift the flaps" to see if the sought-after animal lives in the particular ecosystem Jane is visiting. In any case, this worked great on our plane ride and is a favorite that, at 3.5 y.o., our daughter returns to again and again. Bright colors, nice rhyming, interesting animals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Incorrect Spelling

    I always read through a book before I buy it for my children. I was shocked to immediately find the non-word fishes. Given the literacy problem in this country I cannot believe Baby Einstein's contribution. I also see that this book is available in Spanish, I sure hope they have the spelling right in that one. I just wonder if next is gooses and deers.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2006

    Those poor feathers

    The book is captivating for young children but beware of the chicken. My granddaughter keeps pulling out handsful of chicken feathers! Not good for little ones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    Fun little book

    My daughter enjoys making different faces with the mirrors on each page. Cute and vibrant drawings make this book a keeper in her collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Baby Einstein's Mirror Me Interactive Book

    This book was a hit with my one year old nephew! I gave it to him as part of his Easter gift this year and he loved having it read to him. He seemed to be lulled by the words and sat quietly while I read it to him without even showing him the inside! The once he got those chubby little hands on it he would not let it go for hours! He loved seeing his face in the mirrors while I read along with words. He likes to carry it around the house with him and sit down and look through it like he is actually reading it and someday soon I know that he'll really be reading it to me. He was transfixed by the mirrors that are depicted on every page and the colorful illustrations. I love all of the Baby Einstein books but I am sure that this is my absolute favorite and my nephew's as well!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    great gift

    I got this for my nephew, and it was a huge hit! He loves watching his dad make the silly faces!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Wonderful book for a 2 year old

    This book was given to us as a gift when my daughter was 18 months old. She loves lifting up the flaps and guessing what is underneath. We have read it so many times that she now tells us what is under each flap before lifting it up. She is still excited about every page. It is a great book and we love it. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    A Great Book for Toddlers!!!

    This book is absolutely perfect for teaching toddlers their colors. I am teaching my son and nephew with the book and they are reallly doing well. The way that the pages are set up with the are perfect. It uses very relatable shapes and pictures to teach the colors in a way that they can understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    I got this book as a gift 4 years ago when my first one was born. SHe played with it for hours. Now, my a second child loves it too. Infact I have to get a new one since the old one is so worn. I recommend this book for everyone who has kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2004

    My 1 year-old's favorite book

    My son loves this book. The pages are full of paintings and realistic pictures depicting colors. Great selection of art work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    Clever teaching tool!

    Julie Aigner-Clark is a genius! Her inventive products, exceptionally creative, are designed to entertain children while they learn. ¿See and Spy Counting,¿ is no exception. With an imaginative approach, this nifty little board book teaches numbers and counting through ¿seeing and spying¿ an object, and counting ¿how many¿ of those items appear in the picture. Each page features a different animal in an appropriate setting, such as a COW on a farm, and the text reads, ¿How many BARNS do you see? = 1. How many EARS does the cow have? = 2.¿ and so forth. This book counts from one to five, seven separate times; aptly applying repetition to reinforce learning. The colorful images are simply illustrated, and highly contrasted to the background, creating emphasis to stimulate babies interest, while providing preschoolers with supplementary lessons on colors, animals and everyday objects such as fish, flowers, and eyes. Children and parents alike will enjoy this clever teaching tool! Birth and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    This is an outstanding book!

    Julie Aigner-Clark is a genius! Her inventive products, exceptionally creative, are designed to entertain children while they learn. ¿See and Spy Shapes,¿ is no exception. The cleverly written text is metrical in style, and teaches shapes and counting in an imaginative way - through ¿seeing and spying¿ the object by means of example. For instance, the reader sees a rabbit sitting in a garden with various items scattered about, and the poem on the left side of the book reads, ¿A CIRCLE is a crazy thing it has no sides, just one round ring. You¿ll see a CIRCLE on my nose ¿ now find five more beneath my toes.¿ The FIVE circles beneath the rabbit¿s toes are: a radish, a head of lettuce, an onion, a bug, and a watermelon. Each page of this little board book features a different poem, animal, and shape. Additional shapes include: triangle, square, oval, rectangle, star, and diamond. The illustrations are brightly colored, and are highly contrasted to the background, creating emphasis to stimulate babies interest, while providing lessons on shapes, numbers and counting, colors, animals and other everyday objects for preschoolers. This is an outstanding book! Birth and up.

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