An interactive board book with ambitious educational goals for toddlers introduces five basic shapes with textures, a slider, and flaps, plus sturdy tabbed pages to make page turning easy for little fingers.
Each shape is simply reproduced and named on the left, then shown as part of something else on the right. The triangle becomes the “bright, sparkly roof” of a birdhouse, the rectangle becomes the “door to a cozy home,” and so on. On most pages, an animal prompts interaction. The birds say, “Can you sing? Tweet! Tweet! Tweet”; the dog in the square, corrugated doghouse says, “Bark like me!” However, active toddlers may not make it to the dog, as the squirrel revealed by a slider hidden in a circular hiding spot in the prior double-page spread asks, “Can you run really fast?” When they do arrive at the final spread, all the shapes and animals are repeated in a cheery scene, and a final question—“What's your favorite shape?”—invites a conversation. The claim on the back cover that the “on-the-go handle gives young readers a sense of ownership and independence” may be a bit of hyperbole, but parents eager to give their toddlers a head start on learning will find this an age-appropriate choice.
An active introduction to an important concept. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)