Can You See Me? – Mikhala Lantz-Simmons and Mohammad Rasoulipour

    Can You See Me? – Mikhala Lantz-Simmons and Mohammad Rasoulipour, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781524853723, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This book is what happens when tangrams and animals combine. This book is filled with abstract images of animals and each image is created using only equilateral triangles. The left side of the page spread shows the animal created by the triangles and the right side describes the animal. As the description is read, I can see where it would be fun to see if children can guess the animal in the picture. The animals featured include deer, sheep, foxes, panda, raccoon, skunk, bat, owl, seal (not sure and I’ll come back to this later), walrus, sharks, alligators, giraffes, cat, and two safari animals that I cannot identify. The last two pages are fun because there are several triangles grouped together and kids can use their imagination to create objects or animals from these shapes.

 Anything you did not like about the book. My problem with this book is, as an adult, I had trouble identifying exactly what animal some of these triangles made. I could guess from the description what it was supposed to be, but I just could not see it in the shapes. The text is very simple so this book would be geared for a young audience (maybe 3-5 years old) and I am not sure kids this young will be able to “see” the animals. I absolutely loved the concept as I am a huge fan of tangram art, however, some of these designs did not work for me.

To whom would you recommend this book? Based on the text I would say children between the ages of three and five. They would love guessing the animals based on the clues. Older children might enjoy this book if they like to work with tangrams and enjoy creating animal and objects with tangrams. It reminded me of the book Ship Shape where children can see how different shapes create a picture–but this book is much more abstract.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and five. This book would work best if a set of tangrams could accompany the book.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? On the fence, even though some pictures were confusing to me, this book can still be used to spark creativity and get kids thinking about shapes in a different manner.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: November 26, 2019


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