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Apples and Robins Hardcover – Picture Book, March 8, 2016

4.9 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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PreS-Gr 3—Using bold, colorful die-cut pages and large, clean shapes, this work moves through the seasons via the simple story of a girl with an apple tree in her yard. The apples grow and are harvested and enjoyed all winter long. The girl loves her tree and cares for the robins that nest there. Through the use of skillfully placed geometric cut-outs, she describes how everyday objects can be visually created with paper and color. Circles make apples, rectangles make a ladder, and triangles and parallelograms make a birdhouse! While this offering will expertly show children the beauty of manipulating shapes, older readers will marvel at the illusion created by color, negative space, shape, and size. American readers might be puzzled to see the robin's brown speckled egg, but the note on the title pages says that the book is about the European robins that live in Félix's garden in France. VERDICT The simplicity of this book is brilliant and refreshing; a useful option for art classrooms.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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"The transformations of color and space as the pages turn are consistently surprising. readers will marvel."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The transformations of color and space as the pages turn are consistently surprising. readers will marvel."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Each page turn is a revelation."--The New York Times

"Each page turn is a revelation."--The New York Times

"Brilliant and refreshing."-School Library Journal

"Brilliant and refreshing."-School Library Journal

"A visual marvel."--Design Mom

"A visual marvel."--Design Mom

"A striking example of how overlaying simple geometric shapes can lead to some remarkable visual transformations."-Publishers Weekly

"A striking example of how overlaying simple geometric shapes can lead to some remarkable visual transformations."-Publishers Weekly

"Unusually ingenious. an entertaining early brain-tickler."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Unusually ingenious. an entertaining early brain-tickler."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books (March 8, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 145213264X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1452132648
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.06 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.25 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulously fun “shape” adventure book that young children will love ...
By D. Fowler on December 19, 2016
It’s oh so easy to create an apple, for you only need “circles and the color red.” If you check out the circles on one page they appear to be white against a red background. Turn the page and what do you see? A few red apples for you and for me! They are bright red with green stems and leaves. If you wanted to pick those apples, apples high up in a tree you just might need a ladder. Hmmmm! Do you think you’d know how to make one? Just turn the page and check it out.

There are “six rectangles: five short and one long ...” Can you imagine what will happen if you put them together? The only thing you need to do is turn the page and find out and when you do “you can climb into the leafy branches to pick an apple.” Those rectangles turned right into that ladder you imagined. Now, everyone loves to snack on apples. Yum! Do you think you could make one of those apples look just like someone had taken a bite out of it?

It’s very easy, but you really have to put on that thinking cap. There are two circles, one large and one small, white against red. It’s hard to imagine what these two circles could look like someone had taken a bite out of it. Turn the page and you can easily see that a “bit of apple is so sweet.” Say is that a little worm taking a bite out of an apple too? Yep, he most certainly is! If you keep on turning the pages in this book, there are all kinds of surprises to find.

This is a fabulously fun “shape” adventure book that young children will love. There are several two-page spreads that have simple shapes on them. Each shape has a little mystery because they suddenly turn into something much different once the page is turned. The cutout on the right-hand side of the page allows a window into the previous page. For example, an oval and a few rectangles suddenly turn into “a hammer and some nails” once the page is turned. Lucie Félix has created a marvelously innovative oversized board book into a lesson about shapes and colors. It’s a book that would be perfect for circle or storytime, or anytime for that matter!

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