Friday, July 22, 2016

What Could it Be? Exploring the Imaginative World of Shapes by Sally Fawcett

Title: What Could it Be? Exploring the Imaginative World of Shapes
Author: Sally Fawcett

This concept book for kids is all about unleashing creativity, thinking outside the square and opening the mind to possibility! Part picture book, part artistic inspiration, What Could It Be? is an interactive adventure for pre-primary and primary school-aged children organised into paired double-page spreads. The first spread in each pair introduces a basic geometric shape (square, circle, triangle, etc.) and then opens the door for creative thinking by posing the question, 'What else could it be?'

The following spread provides the answer, with the focus shape transformed into many objects in a glorious artwork. These pages provide a further interactive element as kids are encouraged to find specific objects and count the 'hidden' shapes. The reader is guided through the pages by the character of a young boy, who allows many aspects of his world to be 'discovered' via the detailed illustrations. The last page challenges kids to create their own illustrations inspired by a geometric shape.

This is a very cute picture book that helps little ones learn shapes and then look for those shapes in everyday scenes.  The illustrations are bright and colorful with lots to look at.  I can see little kids pouring over the pages looking for different items or noticing different things.  I also liked that it went beyond circle and square and into shapes like hexagons.  This would be a great book to use with kindergartners that are still learning.

The end of the book also had a neat activity that extends the learning.  You can download a template of the shapes and then drawn your own pictures that use the shape.  I like that it went from looking to more applying.  Very nice. 

This book is perfect for kids still working on shapes or exploring more ways they create the shapes around us.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the introduction. I'm always looking for good concept books.