Picture Book Review: When the Earth Lost its Shapes


When the Earth Lost its Shapes by Shobha Viswanath and Christine Kastl (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3 and up

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Series: None

Hardcover: 18 pages

Publisher: Karadi Tales (January 1, 2010)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

One day, all the shapes in the world disappear. No one knows where they
are. Everything changes and becomes shapeless from the egg to the kite
to the orange. It is up to the little dot to restore shape to the world.
In this heartwarming story about team spirit and conviction, Shobha
Viswanath takes us into the wonderful world of shapes with sensitive
illustrations in acrylic by German illustrator, Christine Kastl.

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About the Author:

Children s writer and educator, Shobha is Publishing Director and
co-founder of Karadi Tales Company. A postgraduate in Literature from
the University of Bombay and in Special Education from Eastern Michigan
University, Shobha has worked as a consultant for several schools,
developing resource material for children with learning difficulties.
She has also directed workshops for teachers and parents on early
childhood learning. Shobha has written over 20 books for children, and
is the author of 2 titles in the Will You Read With Me? series Little
and The Lizard s Tail, both narrated by Vidya Balan. She loves
traveling, art and music and belongs to a family of musicians. She lives
in Chennai with her husband and two children.

My Thoughts:

I love the illustrations in this book. They are a lot different from
most other picture books and I think they work well with the story. The
colors are warm and the style is visually appealing.

The story itself is also really fun. The earth loses all it’s shapes one
day and nobody knows how or why they have gone. The only shape left is
the tiniest of dots because it was too small to be smashed out of
shape. This little dot joins forces with other little dots to bring the
shapes back to the world. I like the message that sometimes it’s the
smallest and seemingly least significant of things that can make a
difference by working together.

The book is quick to read and easy to understand.  Kids will love it.  It’s recommended for ages 3 and up but I think that even younger children will like it.

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Amy Johnson
    October 10, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds like something my kids and I would like. I'm going to see if our library has a copy.

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