SHAPES by Bonnier Publishing


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Age Range: 1 - 3
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This introduction to shapes includes a geometric die-cut hole on every page.

The interplay between cutouts results in transformations with every turn of the page. A circle is a hot air balloon on the recto, and on the verso it is transformed into a carriage (complete with white fairy godmother). The brightly colored digital art is accompanied by a one-word caption naming the shape on each page as youngsters meet squares, rectangles, ovals, and diamonds. Many of the images are harmless enough, but the depiction of a tepee with two youngsters dressed in stereotypical Plains Indians’ garb and sitting “Indian style” is quite troubling. Companion title 1 2 3 also utilizes die-cut holes. Pages count up from one to 10, showing four candles, five balloons, six moles, and so on. One small, circular die-cut hole appears on every page in addition to other, often larger ones, but it is not clear why. Often this round hole is incorporated into the art, but on several spreads it is not; why, for instance, does it float above two pencils and four candles, respectively?

Adds little to the concept-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4998-0294-8
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: Little Bee
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2017


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