My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
Imagine me heaving a big sigh right here. This is a cute book. But this is not a good “story time” book. There isn’t really a story, more of a matching game. And the book is constructed very awkwardly. It’s split into two sets of flip pages. The top pages are standard shapes (circle, square, rectangle) in black. The bottom pages are real-life representations of those shapes, but not in top-bottom matching order. You must flip through the pages, matching them up yourself.
Like I said, it’s a cute book. Eric Carle is a well-loved children’s author. But blah, I don’t like this book. I can see what they were trying to do, in order to help children recognize and match the different shapes. But I think this was not a good way to do this in book form. I don’t like pop-up books for the same reason. Books are for reading, in my opinion. Water Boy has accidentaly destroyed every pop-up book my mother-in-law has given us, and she keeps insisting on giving him more. If you want them to pull, play, and tug on things, get them some nifty manipulatives or make some. I have a collection of wine corks just begging to be played with. I also have a book about Things You Can Make With Corks, but that’s another post.
I just can’t recommend this book. It’s too complicated, in my opinion, for the audience it was intended for.