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Circles, Stars, and Squares: Looking for Shapes (Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts) Library Binding – 1 Sep 2012
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"Bright and lively spreads introduce children to a variety of shapes: the obvious circles, squares, and rectangles, as well as cylinders, cones, and rings. The typeface is clear, and the photographs are colorful as well as instructive. Three examples are included for most of the shapes; they are totally dissimilar so that readers can get a sense of their many different forms. For example, diamond shapes are shown in a net, a cloth with a diamond-shaped floral pattern, and the glass shapes that make up the Hearst Tower in New York City. A cylinder is matched to building materials, spools of thread, and small pill-size containers holding beads. This simple, straightforward title is perfect for young children who are learning the basics, while the examples could easily lead to discussions about the objects themselves with slightly older readers. A great addition to concept-book collections." --School Library Journal--Journal
About the Author
Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (2010) and of two books based on the wonderful things characters eat and do in classic children's books: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009)--a selection of the pieces in these two books has been collected into one volume for the US as Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts (Perigee, 2010). She is currently writing a series of four Clever Concepts books for Millbrook Press. She has a knitting book to be published in 2011 and two more craft books in the pipeline.
Jane enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, growing flowers, and taking photographs of the things she makes as well as details of the world around her. She loves color, pattern, texture, shapes, and objects. And, above all, she love books and reading.
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Squares have "four straight sides all the same," but when you look at a rectangle you can easily see the difference. They have four sides as well, "but two are long and two are short." You can see them in bricks, on the door, and the windows you see in these pictures. Triangles are fun to look at and sometimes you can see them in a quilt. Not all triangles are quite the same and you'll learn how they can be different. If you put "two triangles together [you] can make a diamond." You'll also learn about shapes such as pentagons, hexagons, octagons, spheres, cylinders, cubes, cones, rings, and happy looking hearts. Can you find some of these shapes around you?
This is a fun, interesting look at shapes that will introduce young children to geometric concepts. The nice assortment of shapes shown in this book are presented by demonstrating them in familiar objects that young children can see around them. Some of the latter shapes in the book are more advanced, but quite recognizable. For example, children will quickly recognize the sphere shape of an orange or tomato. The photographs are vibrant and represent each shape quite nicely. The word indicating the shape is highlighted in a bright, bold color. An emergent reader can tackle the text with assistance, but this book would also be a perfect introduction to shapes for preschoolers. It would be an excellent read and discuss book for circle or storytime.
JANE BROCKET'S CLEVER CONCEPTS
Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What Is Texture?
Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking for Color
Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What are Patterns?
Circles, Stars, and Squares: Looking for Shapes
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