Pinwheels with a pie-shaped opening teach readers the basics in the paper-over-board The Spinning Book of Colors, Shapes, and Numbers by Betty Ann Schwartz, illus. by Michelle Berg. A circle marked "green," for instance, reveals a frog, lizard, grapes and leaf as youngsters spin the opening from item to item; other circles highlight shapes and numbers from one to 10. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
- Eleanor Heldrich
This is a fine sturdy 6 ½" by 10" book for the education of the very young. The busy front cover of primary colors displays a large 5" round cutout, revealing the first spinning wheel among those to be found on the pages inside. That wheel is red, says "red" on it five times and, as the wheel is turned, will show one of five red objects. When the cover is opened, another 5" wheel appears which is yellow, says "yellow" five times, and shows five different yellow objects as the wheel is turned. In this way the book introduces colors, numbers 1 to 10, and shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval and heart). After several readings, an eager learner can spin the wheel and make identifications alone. The book should be able to hold up against anything short of outright book rippers.