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I SPY SHAPES IN ART

Author: Lucy Micklethwait

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In this collection of modern art pieces, the reader is asked to spot different shapes from within the image. This is a book that blends learning shape with appreciating art.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler ran over to select this one from the display at the library. Once home, it kept her engaged for quite a while, even when we weren't asking "I spy with my little eye …"

Adult Reader Reaction: The answers aren't always easy to find, though our preschooler had few problems. We had lots of fun, as we all took turns asking "I spy" questions that weren't printed in the book.

Pros: This is a book where everyone can enjoy something, whether you want to just interact with your child, or whether you want to sit back and enjoy the art work.

Cons: None, unless you really don't like Andy Warhol and modern art.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow if you just want to learn shapes, buy if you like art and art-quality children's books.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY EINSTEIN: VAN GOGH'S WORLD OF COLORS (Baby Einstein Series)   FREDERICK   HAPPY BABY 123

Educational Themes: Aside from helping kids affirm their knowledge of shapes, you can expand their ability to discern objects hidden/partially hidden, and introduce them to art.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, art, shapes

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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