Climb aboard a sailboat and join two young explorers as they embark on an exciting shape search. A jolly steamboat puttering by is the first thing to explore. How many shapes can you find? Ovals, semi-circles, triangles, and more everyday shapes are hiding on these pages. A fierce green sea monster emerges from the waves. Are those triangles on its tail? A giant submarine glides silently through the waters. Can you name its shape? And look at all the colorful fish swimming by! Hidden shapes are everywhere. Here is a tropical island. Time to stop and look around. Is that a pirate's chest? Can you name its shape? Children will enjoy searching the pages of this playful interactive tale. Bright, bold full-page illustrations complement the easy-to-read text. A fun read aloud. Works well for independent reading also. A great resource for a class learning about shapes. Children may enjoy creating their own shape pictures.
School Library Journal
PreS-In this simple concept book, two youngsters and a Dalmatian set out on a raft, calling readers: "All aboard! Come along with me!/Let's see what shapes we can find on the sea." They come across many exotic scenes-including a pirate ship, a fantastic sea monster, and a green submarine-and invite children to search for nine basic shapes. The directions are consistently straightforward: "Can you count all of these triangles?" "What are the shapes of these sails?" The minimal text is paired with colorful, eye-catching artwork made from fabric collages that radiate across the spreads. Although the patterned, patchwork ocean is occasionally a bit overwhelming, children will enjoy searching the briny depths for the little fish and sea creatures hidden there.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Blackstone takes a welcome departure from rhyming in her latest, a look at shapes. A boy and girl go to sea on a raft to see how many different shapes they can find. The duo encounters sailboats, a pirate ship, a steamboat, a sea monster, a fishing boat, a submarine and an island with buried treasure. Nine basic shapes are pictured and named on the first page and include a star, diamond, crescent and semi-circle. The text asks readers to find, identify or count the shapes of various objects found on the pages. The final page leaves readers with a too-subtle hint that they can search their own world for shapes: "Let's have a look all around us / And count up the shapes we've been shown." Bell's artwork is a phenomenal display of needlework. The ocean is a patchwork quilt in shades and patterns of blues; bright colors abound and youngsters will especially enjoy the variety of sea creatures. An addition to the concepts shelf that stands out for its unique artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)