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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
     

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

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by Dr. Seuss
 

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Even in silhouette, the fun and fanciful art of Dr. Seuss is instantly recognizable in this Bright and Early Book classic: "a bug, a balloon, a bed, a bike. No shapes are ever quite alike." Looking at ordinary shapes is great when seen through the eyes of the remarkable Dr. Seuss, but of course it's the extraordinary shapes that really make an impression. Would you

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Even in silhouette, the fun and fanciful art of Dr. Seuss is instantly recognizable in this Bright and Early Book classic: "a bug, a balloon, a bed, a bike. No shapes are ever quite alike." Looking at ordinary shapes is great when seen through the eyes of the remarkable Dr. Seuss, but of course it's the extraordinary shapes that really make an impression. Would you want to be shaped like a BLOGG?

Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.

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"This wacky, rhyming exploration of the concept of shapes will be welcomed by beginning readers."—Instructor.  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385379489
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Series:
Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Lexile:
350L (what's this?)
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel-aka Dr. Seuss-is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss's long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot's Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright and Early Books Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Olymama More than 1 year ago
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!
Joy Gompah More than 1 year ago
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)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is outstanding its about people saying all the different kinds of shapes and they compare it to different things