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When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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on November 22, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
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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on February 9, 2014
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This book of shapes is told in a unique way with fun rhymes and lots of creative examples which are paired up with whimsical illustrations. Not your ho-hum everyday book of shapes; parents and kids will enjoy reading this unique book.

DeeDee Fox, author and illustrator, The Ruby Red Slippers
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on March 19, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
It served its purpose . It helped my son with his homework assignment. The price was right for this on kindle reader.
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on March 5, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I use this as lesson introduction. The children really like the pictures. It's also a good way to introduce sides and lines in K-2
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