Shapeasaurus (Dinosaur) Board book – October 17, 2012
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Grade level : Preschool and up
- Board book : 18 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1452108153
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452108155
- Dimensions : 11.25 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition (October 17, 2012)
- Reading level : Baby - 4 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Points to consider: The names of the dinos are too difficult for younger readers, so this book should be read with an adult who can pronounce Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus, etc. Because of this, children will most likely grow out of the book's learning content before they are able to read the book on their own. However, the pictures can be viewed and enjoyed without reading the story.
My overall opinion:
- This book will defiantly be fun for the dinosaur lover, but I felt the shapes took too much of a background role when they should have been the main focus.
- The child should learn basic shapes before reading this book because the child must find the shapes within an image even when they are partially over-lapped. For example: on the first page, the oval shaped eggs were are partially covered by hatching dinos and other eggs. This adds confusion because cannot see the full shape and there is not a single oval shape to have the child drag their finger around they must assume where the lines of the shape are under other objects. The book does have oval shaped eggs on the last page that were easier to identify,, but this repetition does not occur for any other shape.
- A cone shape is something incredibly difficult to teach in a 2D picture and since this book does not include any other 3D shapes like cubes and pyramids, it does not make sense that a 3D cone was included. They could have made the volcano a triangle.
- The book should have ended with the baby dinos going to bed. It just is the right sort of ending for calming down kids.
- They could also have put a crescent moon in the night sky to have repeat practice.
- It was a tad silly that the T. Rex gnawed on bones instead of eating meat. They were carnivores.
- Some of the shapes were rather small and would have been better as repeat practice than the initial or only practice of that shape. For example: triangular teeth, crescent shaped claws, etc.