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Comment: The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels.
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Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Paperback – March 29, 1996

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hoban is well known for her unexcelled concept books for preschoolers. Taking color and black-and-white photos of familiar objects and surroundings she shows letters, numbers, colors, opposites and more. Her pictures are more precise and clear than many stylized or abstract drawings. Giving examples of different shapes, like circles, hexagons, parallelograms and stars, she asks the child to find the shapes within the pictures. It's amazing how many shapes an open lunchbox on a checkered tablecloth can reveal; from a round orange to oval halves of a hard-boiled egg (with round yolks) to a rectangular thermos to star- and heart-shaped cookies. This marvelous book from a topnotch photographer gives children the opportunity to see the world around them, not just look at it.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreS Up Adults and kids of all shapes and sizes are in for a treat with this outstanding wordless book. Hoban's full-color photos have an astonishing clarity and glow to them. They include interesting and beautiful urban landscapes, portraits and still life. Children will have fun speculating about the photographsor they can simply enjoy them, no comment necessary. Looking at this book for shapes is a little like looking at a Cezanne for shapes. Nevertheless, circles, stars, triangles and even fancier geometric figures like trapezoids are here in abundance. The 11 figures represented, as well as the photographs, reach well beyond Hoban's earlier books about shapes. This book has an impressive technical quality of photographic reproduction and fine artistic content. Do your eyes a favor, and don't miss this one. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st thus edition, 1st printing edition (March 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688147402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688147402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great for the visually motivated child - my son is 15 diagnosed with "severe" autism. The biggest challenge is getting his attention, this book did the trick! We talked about the different images in more detail than just the shapes, for example "purple house" and "soapy window" and "checkerboard shoes." The photos are a mixture of basic to a few more abstract but still familiar.

I love Tana Hoban's photos because they help develop our awareness and appreciation of the beauty of what is around us everyday.
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Great photos and no words is why I love this book. A small key at the beginning of the book, illustrates the types shapes. Hoban takes photos of small and large everyday objects, that have different shapes. Shapes, Shapes, Shapes teaches kids that shapes are everywhere. My kids walk down the street now and point out various shapes they see along the way. A cute and creative book, that helps children look at the world in a new way.
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Tana Hoban's photographs offer a wonderful way to "read" the world with young children before they read words.
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By ZooMom on January 9, 2013
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Tana Hoban's books are a different approach to a book experience between an adult and child. There are no words or text, but the introduction gives guidelines for using the book. The pages consist of beautiful, and unusual photographed images where the viewer can search for shapes in this case, or simply make up a story about it. I love these books for encouraging creative thinking.
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By Breezyk on February 23, 2013
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This is a great book! It has wonderful pictures for children to explore. I used this book as an introductory review on shapes with my 1st graders. My students look at it over and over again trying to find new shapes in each picture.
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By A Customer on April 18, 1999
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This is such a fun book that teaches children to look around their world for objects and shapes. Another one my children love is 'What Is Round?'
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