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From Publishers Weekly

"In this clever and fun introduction to assorted shapes, Greene and Kaczman collaborate effectively, clearly expounding an oval, square or octagon through bouncy rhyme, familiar examples and clean-edged artwork," wrote PW. Ages 4-8.

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PreSchool-Grade 2. Ten shapes are presented in picture and verse. Along with the familiar circle, square, triangle, diamond, rectangle, octagon, and oval are the less frequent star, heart, and crescent. Each shape has its own verse and double-page spread packed with visual examples. There are even some extras for observant children to discover. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are bold and clean, with ample color; however, a texturing technique occasionally results in a slightly murky appearance. At no time does this texturing obscure the text or interfere with line or shape. Those tired of bright primary colors in children's books may find the muting a nice change. A fine addition to units on shapes and a perky read-aloud.?Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618152415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618152414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

RHONDA GOWLER GREENE is the author of over 20 children's books. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children's Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children's Book Award, and also starred reviews.

A dynamic speaker, Rhonda loves presenting at schools, libraries, and conferences. She especially likes talking to students of all ages about how to improve their writing.

A former elementary learning disabilities teacher, Rhonda earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern Kentucky University and her master's in educational media from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She currently resides in southeast Michigan. www.rhondagowlergreene.com

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather D. Mihalek on April 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I teach 3rd grade and purchased this book to introduce geometry. It really seems to interest the students. I had originally borrowed the book from a friend who teaches Learning Support, and she found it to be useful for introducing geometry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Freda on January 6, 2009
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This book is lively and fun with great illustrations and wonderful rhyming words. I purchased it to help teach elementary school children about two of the elements of art: line and shape. It did the job very well and has so many examples in the course of the poetry that it is one of the books you can easily read over and over.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scout Stevenson on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In an industy where hundreds of childrens books are introduced almost every month, this one impressively stands out among all the other casualties for content and especially illustration. This is a rare case where illustration style and story does not try to partonize parents and their children nor does it come across as an over-intellectualized wanna-be childrens book. I can't wait to have children so I can read and reread this book to them.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Hemminger on January 18, 2013
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The rhymes are cute, but the main goal of an educational book should be to get the facts right. This one doesn't. The author explicitly states that for an object to be a rectangle, a quadrilateral must have two long sides and two short sides. This is incorrect. Every square is a rectangle. To make matters worse, the author goes on to imply that rotating a square 45 degrees will cause it to become a "diamond." First, there is no such shape as a diamond in geometry. Second, changing the orientation of a shape does not change what it is. I'm sick to death of trying to beat these misconceptions out of the heads of my high school geometry students. Avoid putting them into your child's head in the first place: Buy a different book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Cory on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a preschool teacher, this book is wonderful for learning to see shapes in the world we live in. My children loved it.
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Rhonda Gowler Greene's book, When a Line Bends...A Shape Begins, delightfully introduces young children to geometric shapes. I have used this book for several years in my Pre-K class. It has been such an absolute success with my students that I recently purchased a new copy to keep in my classroom.

James Kaczman's vibrant illustrations present shapes in a variety of sizes and orientation, using objects that are already familiar to young children. For example, the book presents square crackers, rectangle doors, and circle pennies. Representations such as triangle jack-o' lantern's eyes and squares Christmas presents allows me to link my lessons to seasonal themes. The images also depict both large and small shapes, giving students an opportunity to compare their sizes.

Additionally, the text introduces vocabulary young children need to identify and describe geometric shapes. Greene conveys key concept words by combining children's descriptive language with geometric terminology. For instance, she describes a triangle as, "three sides, three corners too--the white sail of a boat, a tent just for you." The rhyming text engages children's imaginations, enabling them to begin to visualize shapes.

Most teachers know that concept books are not created equally. Greene's book stands out as a charming and fun book to introduce young scholars to geometric shapes. My class thoroughly enjoys reading it, and they eagerly look for and discuss shapes they see in their own environment. I highly recommend this book to all teachers and parents of young children.
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I used this book to meet both the curriculum requirement for informational fiction and shapes & attributes. My class LOVED this book. I had to abandon my Readers Workshop lesson to devote a full 30 minutes to the book. Beyond shape I.D. it helps to illustrate attributes. They really enjoyed all the subtle, recurring characters and following the story related to the shapes. (The sheriff's star chasing the burglar's diamond.) It has the features of an "eye spy" book. I put it in my level M library tub and all are asking if they can borrow it during snack for their "look book". Highly recommend!
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I am an art teacher of young kids and the K-2 grade loves this book. I have used it in various ways to connect art and math ( geometry) and to discuss how a line is just a line until it " closes" to make a shape. There are many many fine details in each page that kids love exploring. Own its kindle version so I can project it as an overhead, and then kids ask to see the book on their own later.
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