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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bright & Early Books
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Beginner Books (July 12, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394826876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394826875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even in silhouette, the fun and fanciful art of Dr. Seuss is instantly recognizable in this Bright and Early Book classic: "a bug, a balloon, a bed, a bike. No shapes are ever quite alike." Looking at ordinary shapes is great when seen through the eyes of the remarkable Dr. Seuss, but of course it's the extraordinary shapes that really make an impression. Would you want to be shaped like a BLOGG?

Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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Nice easy text and rhyme.
Bear's Wife
We have read it so much that he "helps" me read by saying some of the words here and there.
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This is a typical 'shapes' book, but only in Dr. Seuss fashion.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff," Dr. Seuss experiments with an artistic approach that is very different from that of his best-known work. This book teaches about shapes, and the illustrations consist entirely of silhouettes of various items: people, elephants, boats, keys, etc.
The shadow-like illustrations are accompanied by rhymes in the familiar Seussian style: "Peanuts and pineapples / noses and grapes. / Everything comes in different shapes." While the book is educational and entertaining, I felt that the silhouettes-only art lacked some of the wacky charm of the full Seussian illustration technique. Nevertheless, I recommend "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff" as a fun addition to the family or classroom library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Seuss, of course, was extremely prolific. What this means for me is that some of his books I *adore*, but some I'm ambivalent about. This book is definitely in the latter category.

It's very easy for beginning readers to read, though.
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... this book is a terrific way to explore many more shapes in this big old world! While this book does have various colors on the pages, the focus is on shapes, and it was a great idea by Theodor Geisel to draw the items in SILHOUETTE to allow children to focus on those shapes without the distraction of facial expressions, multi colors within each item, etc. The shapes are all pretty much "normal" items, with a whimsical, Seuss-ish creation thrown in here and there. It ends with encouraging kids to appreciate the shape of their own bodies - "Of all the shapes we MIGHT have been... I say, 'HOORAY for the shapes we're in!'" The simple words and rhymes complement the art and make for enjoyable reading.

It's been such a wonderful opportunity for me to babysit my two grandsons, now having the ability (and time) to share in their daily development in a more focused way than I was able to do with my own two grown sons, since I worked outside of the home. I've found myself pulling out some of my mother's old "tricks" when it comes to playtime, and this book reminded me of when she'd sit a lamp on the floor, take the lampshade off and turn out the lights, so that we could see our silhouettes on the wall and have fun making different shapes with our hands, doing silly dances or poses - everything "old" is "new" again with my grandsons! When our younger grandson's first Christmas rolled around, he was just 9 months old - since we'd already accumulated an overload of toddler toys for our older grandson that he would inherit, Grandpa & I decided to make his gifts the beginning of a complete collection of Dr. Seuss books.
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It is a very unique book and teaches children that the shapes and sizes of people and objects isn't what is important and that all shapes and sizes should be embraced. My 17 month old granddaughter loves the Dr. Seuss books and this is one of her favorites.
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It was his favorite book until he memorized it from cover to cover over a couple weeks of daily reading! He has moved on to others now but still likes to read this one once in a while.
This is a typical 'shapes' book, but only in Dr. Seuss fashion.
You see your toddler presented the 'regular' / geometric shapes all the time but here (s)he is opened up to a world of diversity in shapes.
I guess this one can give them an early cue about not getting 'boxed' in!
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Dr. Seuss rarely did anything the traditional way. And that's the case with this picture book. Yes, it is about shapes, but it's not about circles and squares. Instead, it talks about how different everyday objects are shaped. Yes, it includes his normal rhymes.

What's fun about this book is that the illustrations are all silhouettes. You don't miss the detail and it helps point out how differently things are shaped.

My only complaint is that it's still a bit simple, basically listing things with the silhouette next to it. But I remember liking this one as a kid, so that obviously didn't bother me as a kid. And since that's the target audience, that's the opinion that matters.

So get this book for your kid. It might not be Dr. Seuss' best, but it's still fun.
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I understand that not every child will like every book but this one is certainly not boring. My 22 month old son has loved this book since he got it almost a year ago on his birthday. We have read it so much that he "helps" me read by saying some of the words here and there. As a beginning shapes book...I don't really know. It certainly reinforces anything that is learned. Most all Dr Seuss is great. I would say this one, The Thinks You Can Think and Mr Brown are the favorites in this house.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bear's Wife on March 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this for my preschool class during 'Read Across America'. It followed a 'shadows' unit, so the children related to it as a Dr. Suess book as well as a book illustrating shadows. Nice easy text and rhyme.
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