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Circus Shapes (MathStart 1) Paperback – December 18, 1997

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?A book that teaches shape recognition cloaked in a story about a circus performance. Circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles are introduced on every other spread. The illustrations are very simple and linear, allowing children to identify the various shapes that appear in the pictures. Unfortunately, although Miller uses bold, primary colors, the illustrations lack the excitement and movement associated with a circus. The text is dry and forced in some spots, such as "Some monkeys make a square. The four sides are all the same." However, the straightforward narrative does make the information accessible. More visually attractive books on the topic include Lois Ehlert's Color Zoo (1989) and Circus (1992, both HarperCollins), and Tana Hoban's Shapes, Shapes, Shapes (Greenwillow, 1986).?Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
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Murphy (Betcha!, p. 1460, etc.) adds to the MathStart series with a book about shapes, presenting them in no less than three rings. In lackluster rhyme, elephants show circles, horses show triangles, monkeys hold up a square, and bears handle a rectangle. The shapes are evident in introductory illustrations but not identified until spreads in the middle, and that's only one inconsistency that limits the book's usefulness. Lions roar amidst plenty of stars and diamonds--shapes that aren't mentioned in the text or found in a previous illustration. A final spread before the show ends asks how many circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles are in the picture, but no key is provided to reinforce the lesson. Beyond that lesson, Miller's clean-cut illustrations offer bright colors and bold geometric shapes, doing for the circus what Donald Crews did for the festive procession in Parade (1983). (Picture book. 2-4) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 140L (What's this?)
  • Series: MathStart 1
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064467139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064467131
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Evanston, Illinois.

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I am a preschool teacher and bought this book for our unit about the circus. Each page includes a shape (or shapes) found at the circus, and the children enjoyed finding and identifying them. I like including math concepts wherever and whenever possible, and books like this certainly help!
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By emily brady on September 3, 2013
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Good book. Love how the shapes are all throughout the book. Easy read & age appropriate. (Why do you have to write so much)
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The book looks new. It is very clean and arrived a few days after I placed my order. I will use this book in our preschool so it will get a lot of use. Thank you.
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Good story for children learning about the various shapes. The circus theme makes it a lot of fun for all children.
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