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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 4, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397322593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397322596
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- This uniquely designed book features a series of cutouts stacked so that with each page turn, a layer is removed to reveal yet another picture. Each configuration is an animal: a tiger's face (a circle shape) and two ears disappear with a page turn to leave viewers with a square within which is a mouse. The mouse's square frame, removed, reveals a fox. There are three such series, and each ends with a small round-up of the shapes used so far. That's not all. On the reverse of the turned page is the shape cutout previously removed with the shape's printed name. While the tiger and lion are not easy to identify in their geometrically shaped components, children will readily name the seven others and will delight in identifying both animals and shapes. Boldly designed pages easily carry to the rear of the room during story hours, and brilliant juxtapositions of vibrant primary colors will make children's eyes tingle. --Susan Hepler, formerly at Windsor Public Library, Conn.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A masterpiece of graphic design." -- -- ALA 1990 Caldecott Committee.

"A masterpiece of graphic design." -- ALA 1990 Caldecott Committee.

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

We had this book when my daughter was young, and it was one of her all time favorites.
skeith
The pages are nice and thick and have held up to being drag around by my little guy- And I'll admit he can be tough on books!
E. Wygant
I would definitely recommend this book as a foundational block in any young child's library.
bethlovesbooks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By bethlovesbooks on August 22, 2000
Format: Board book
My daughter (who is only one) loves to flip through this book and look at the different colors and shapes. Because each page has a shape cut out of it, this makes the pages easy for her to grasp and flip. Out of all of her board books, I find myself reaching for his one time and time again because it occupies her the longest. In contrast to some books that she will barely look at and others she will look at only with my direction, this book is one that she will find all on her own and quietly flip through the pages.
Even for me, I find the concept simple but mesmerizing. There is something fascinating about looking at the shape and seeing how the animal changes into a different animal as you flip the page. It makes you think about shapes and colors in a very abstract way.
I would definitely recommend this book as a foundational block in any young child's library. The book itself is sturdy and the colors are bold and vivid. It's a great concept that's been executed effectively.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Board book
I like this book because the animals are simplified, almost abstract and at first my daughter(2)couldn't recognize them (she was used of more or less realistic illustrations). I think this is very important in recognazing and understanding the basic characterizations of all subjects. Each animal has on the opposite side the geometric shape that the animal is composed of. At first this is very difficult for a two year old (specially octagon and hexagon) but I must say she recognize almost all of them now (2 weeks later). For me english books with almost no text are interesting also because I can teach her foreign language. I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience more than just reading stories to children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 5, 2003
Format: Board book
I loved this book (1) because it uses primary colors which my daughter adores (2) the animals are very imaginative (3) it teaches so many things (4) it's cardboard, almost impossible for my one year old to destroy.
The excerpts this site gives you doesn't do it any justice. It's very hard to see what it's really like. I suggest going to a bookstore and picking it up to flip through it so you really understand. I think it's brillant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. King on January 23, 1998
Format: Board book
This book surprises and delights young children. It is so cleverly constructed that its lack of text is a distinct advantage. Both our children (now 6 and 4) learned both their colors and their basic geometric shapes from this book. Its simplicity and cleverness will make you, the parent, laugh out loud. We felt so strongly about this book that we bought it from Amazon with the library binding for the school that our kids attend. It is a huge hit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Board book
This small children's book uses colors and shapes made from die-cut pages to show animal faces. Pre-schoolers can learn about geometrical shapes, about colors, and about animals. And, they all love this book. The book was a 1990 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a children's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My son has been fascinated by this book since he received it. It has helped him immensely to learn his colors and particularly his shapes. A very good book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Wygant on February 27, 2004
Format: Board book
My 2 year old just discovered this darling book. He enjoys running his fingers over the cut out areas and talks to the animals as they appear. We haven't had any problem with the quality of the book. The pages are nice and thick and have held up to being drag around by my little guy- And I'll admit he can be tough on books! Color zoo has become a night time favorite. This one is a keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T Yuan on April 9, 2007
Format: Board book
My son adores this book. He started looking at the colorful pictures/shapes when he was about 1 and his interest in the book has not waned, but only evolved. At some point, he liked the book so much, I bought several of the author's other books (Planting a Rainbow, Fish Eyes, Color Farm, etc.) and he was on a Lois Ehlert kick for a while where he'd only want to read and flip through her colorful and innovative illustrations. This book is ingenious in the way the author uses cut-outs to form shapes of different animals and then builds upon those primary shapes (starts out with circles, square, triangle) by using more complex shapes (hexagon, rectangle, etc.) to form images of other animals, while reinforcing the shapes used to form the animal image from the previous page.

I highly recommend this book and this author...also get "Planting a Rainbow."
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