The Shape of Things

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A square is just a square until it becomes a house in this clever book. A circle becomes a spinning ferris wheel, and when you add some string and a tail to a diamond shape, it becomes a kite flying high in the sky! With sprightly rhymes and energetic illustrations filled with hidden shapes, Dayle Ann Dodds and Julie Lacome reveal that shapes are everywhere. Encouraged by this entertaining introduction to an important first concept, young children will eagerly begin to identify shapes in the world around them.

A square is just a square until it becomes a house in this clever book. A circle becomes a spinning ferris wheel, and when some string and a tail are added, it becomes a kite flying high in the sky. With sprightly rhymes and energetic illustrations, this book reveals that shapes are everywhere. Full color.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Four-line verses demonstrate how simple shapes can be combined into more exciting pieces of the world. Rectangles become part of a train; circles turn into a Ferris wheel. The illustrations are bright and imaginative, with potato-block printing as a border. Young children can spend hours identifying the shapes used to compose the graphics, and will likely see shapes in everything around them after enjoying this book.
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PreS-Gr 1-An introduction to six basic shapes illustrated with bright cut-paper collages. The book begins with ``A square is just a square,/ Until you add a roof,/Two windows and a door,/Then it's much, much more!'' An orange square appears above this simple verse. Opposite the text, that same shape is transformed by the addition of complementary details. On succeeding pages, a circle becomes a ferris wheel, a triangle changes to a sailboat, the rectangle is used to form a railroad train. Other more unusual shapes are also pictured: ovals and diamonds become eggs and kites. The final pages are crowded landscapes that contain all of the shapes. Borders of each spread show the featured shape that appears to be stamped with a potato-cut print. An effective concept book with many possibilities for spin-off activities at home and at school.-Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Ilene Cooper
This sprightly introduction to shapes shows children how circles, squares, and triangles are parts of things they see every day. "A square is just a square, / Until you add a roof, / Two windows and a door, / Then it's much, much more!" The verse and a solid square appear on the right half of the two-page spread; a simple house appears on the left. Among the book's delights are its appealing, crisp design, clever paper-collage art, and its choice of kid-appealing subjects (like kites to illustrate the diamond shape) to grab attention. Lots of uses for this one, but it can easily be read and viewed just for fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564022240
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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