Double Picture Book Review – Two Books About Shapes

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These two books are a companion set, but they can be read independently.  They both deal with shapes that you would see in everyday things, like tires, boxes, zebras, and ladybugs.


Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Shapes and Spaces
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Annick Press (July 11, 2013)
Genre: Picture book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

This little book shows children / That squares are here and there. / And if they keep an eye out, / then stripes are everywhere.

A perfect companion to Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, the fun, simple text and vibrant design of Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe
explore the concept of squares and stripes. Using words such as “cube,”
“block,” “line,” and “band,” short poems encourage readers to spot the
similarities (and differences) between the shapes of the stripes on a
zebra and a colored striped sock, for example, or between a square soda
cracker and cubes of cheese.

Whether paired with Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots or read independently, this innovative book is a great way to introduce the concept of shapes to young children.


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My Thoughts:

I didn’t like this book as much as it’s companion book, Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, but it was still a cute look at squares and stripes.
Given the title, I thought this book would be about all kinds of
stripes, but only part of it is. The first half of the book talks about
squares and depicts different items that have that shape.

The good thing about this book is that unlike it’s companion book, all
of the squares in the photos are easily picked out by youngsters. There
are a couple of pages where they have to look a little harder, or maybe have you point them out, but they are all obvious once they are spotted.

THREE STARS



Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro



Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Shapes and Spaces
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Annick Press (July 11, 2013)
Genre: Picture book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Circles can be fat or thin / There can be lot–or one / And round things can be big or small / And learning can be fun.

This
innovative new picture book encourages children, through poetry and
photographs, to explore the idea of what is round–from the spots on a
ladybug’s back to a ring on a finger or a wheel on a bike. Using words
such as “dot,” “spot,” “loop,” “hoop,” and “ring,” it shows that round
things aren’t all alike, but can be anything!

A perfect companion to Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe, the simple text and vibrant design of Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots encourage children to look for and identify similarly shaped objects in their own environments.

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My Thoughts:

My three year old absolutely loves this book. I have had to read it to her
about 4000 times a day for the past few weeks. The text is written in
simple, easy rhymes, and the photos are nice and crisp.

My one criticism is that some of the objects they chose to feature are
not easily identifiable as a circle. I think the photographer did a
pretty good job of illustrating the words, but there were several times
my kids could not identify what was supposed to be a circle. For
example, there was a picture of an old person’s hands holding a cane.
There was a ring on one finger. The ring was supposed to be the circle
in that picture, but since it was on a finger, it was not an obvious circle.

FOUR STARS


Disclaimer: I received access to digital copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.

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