"This is a circle. It is round." So begins "What Shapes Do You See?" by Begin Smart Books . Each page has one shape and how to recognize it (four sides, three sides, etc.) on the left side, then a flip out page on the right revealing a few different objects that are that shape.
If you are going to write a super simple book about only one thing, stick to that one thing. At the end of the book, the next to last sentence is: "Big shapes, little shapes are pictured in this book." When did we start talking about big and little? It also only covers the basics: circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles. No hexagons or diamonds here.
Books for Children Ages: The book cover recommends 2 - 3 years old, though that seems much too old for such a basic book. 1 - 2 years old will probably be more in line with most children's reading level.
Related Discussion Topics: Finding shapes all around us, how to recognize different shapes.
- Make labels for circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. Take the labels and some tape and see how many shapes you can label around the house. Skills: shape recognition.
- Practice drawing your shapes. Draw each of the shapes in the book. For an extra activity for kids, have them then turn that shape into another picture (e.g. draw a rectangle, then draw more lines around it to make a truck). Skills: fine motor, shape recognition, critical thinking.
- Get together with some siblings or friends and try to make the shape by laying on the floor in the pattern of the shape. This fun kids activity will have everyone rolling on the floor laughing, and seeing shapes from a whole new perspective. Skills: gross motor, cooperation, social skills.
Cultural Diversity: This children's book gets a low score in the cultural diversity department.
Children's Book Review Rating: 3 Stars - Blase Book