cover image Look Around!: 2a Book about Shapes

Look Around!: 2a Book about Shapes

Leonard Everett Fisher. Viking Children's Books, $11.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-670-80869-4

Many books teach the concept of shapes, usually by example: this is a circle, this is a square, etc. Fisher does this too, but also includes a simple, comprehensive definition of each shape. His realistic paintings of everyday objects show that shapes are all around us. A chocolate ice-cream cone with candy sprinkles on top is one item that illustrates a triangle. Next, Fisher shows several triangles or squares or rectangles and asks readers to locate those shapes in a drawing on the following page. These become increasingly complicated, as he adds other shapes to the picture for readers to identify. Challenging as an educational tool, this work offers the striking graphics of an exceptional picture book. Ages 2-5. (April)