'A shape identification book with a difference....The reader is invited to hunt for particular shapes within lively colourful double page scenes. The illustrations are naíve yet effective and the appealing bear, who appears throughout the book, adds an imaginative dimension to the pictures. Each page is rich with pattern and presents frequent opportunities for counting... The successful combination of elementary maths and language concepts would make this book a useful resource for both literacy and numeracy sessions' --Early Years Educator
'What makes this find-the-shape-on-every-page picture book so appealing is that it works on so many levels' --Independent on Sunday
'Children will immediately warm to Bear in a Square...[they] can explore this book at many levels and will find something different each time they read it' --Nursery World
About the Author
On good days, Stella Blackstone lives east of the sun and west of the moon. On less good days, she lives at the bottom of a well. She finds ideas in all of these places and turns them into songs, poems and rhymes. She has read and written poetry for as long as she can remember, and her favourite books include Louis Untermeyer's A Child's Treasury of Poetry, which was a constant companion throughout her childhood, Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, everything by T.S. Eliot, and William Buck's translation of The Ramayana. She lives in southwest England, and enjoys walking and working in her garden as well as doing nothing whenever she has the chance. Debbie Harter was born and raised in England, and she currently lives in Penzance, Cornwall. She has participated in all kinds of artistic ventures, creating jewelery, textiles, ceramics, mirrors and candles. Now Debbie works primarily in book illustration, and with her bold and vibrant style, has created many of Barefoot Books' most successful titles, including Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon (1999), The Animal Boogie (2000) and the best-selling Bear series.