Friday, October 11, 2013

{Book Review} Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe by Sheryl Shapiro, Simon Shapiro

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe
by Sheryl Shapiro, Simon Shapiro
Publisher:Annick Press
Released: July 11th 2013
Genre:Children's: Picture Book
How I got it: NetGalley

"This little book shows children
that squares are here and there,
and if they keep an eye out,
then stripes are everywhere."

The fun, simple text and vibrant design of "Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe" explore the concept of squares and stripes. Using words such as 'cube, ' 'line, ' 'block, ' and 'band, ' short poems encourage readers to spot the similarities (and differences) between the shapes of the stripes on a zebra and the stripes on a crosswalk, for example, or between a square soda cracker and cubes of cheese.

A square puzzle piece has four corners, as does a square chocolate (until someone takes a bite)! Slats on a fence and striped socks both have lines, too -- but on one of them, you can't see through!

Whether paired with "Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots" or read independently, this innovative book is a great way to introduce the concept of shapes to young children.

Review: I was a bit confused by the beginning of this book as it starts off with squares. Learning about squares was expected as it's in the blurb but right off the bat was a little unexpected. I liked the concept behind this book learning about shapes and it was a fun book, with cute rhymes. Sadly it didn't keep my son as interested as I had hoped. Still he liked parts and counted out the sides of squares with me. A cute book with an educational slant.

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