What Could it Be? Exploring the Imaginative World of Shapes by Sally Fawcett
Age Range: 3 – 6 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 2 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: EK Books (June 15, 2016)
About What Could it Be?
This concept book for kids is all about unleashing creativity, thinking outside the square and opening the mind to possibility! Part picture book, part artistic inspiration, What Could It Be? is an interactive adventure for pre-primary and primary school-aged children organized into paired double-page spreads. The first spread in each pair introduces a basic geometric shape (square, circle, triangle, etc.) and then opens the door for creative thinking by posing the question, ‘What else could it be?’
The following spread provides the answer, with the focus shape transformed into many objects in a glorious artwork. These pages provide a further interactive element as kids are encouraged to find specific objects and count the ‘hidden’ shapes. The reader is guided through the pages by the character of a young boy, who allows many aspects of his world to be ‘discovered’ via the detailed illustrations. The last page challenges kids to create their own illustrations inspired by a geometric shape.
About the Author/Illustrator
Sally Fawcett is a primary school teacher with a passion for art, creative writing and education. Her three children are a constant source of inspiration for ideas, and have triggered many of her writing and illustrating adventures. Sally’s motivation for creating picture books is to engage adults and children in a shared experience that will hopefully foster a life-long love of reading, creativity and tapping into the power of the imagination.
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My Thoughts on What Could It Be?
This is an interactive picture book aimed at preschool age children. Kids learn about all kinds of shapes and where to find them in everyday life. For example, the character introduces you to a rectangle, then you turn the page and look for rectangle-shaped items in his bedroom.
The illustrations are okay, but could have been stronger. It’s not always easy to find the real-life examples of shapes, which confuses my kids. Other than that, we like it.
Ultimately, I like the concept of What Could it Be? I like that it shows the shape first, then gives kids a chance to look and find real life examples of those shapes. I like the way it gets my kids involved in the story and hunting for shapes. I also like the activity idea at the end of the book.
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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