Shapes With Little Fish – Lucy Cousins

 Shapes With Little Fish – Lucy Cousins, Candlewick Press, 9781536212969, 2020 

Format: Board Book

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? Just like the other Little Fish books (Count With Little Fish and Little Fish Colors) by Lucy Cousins, this one will help children with a new skill–learning basic shapes. In this story, the reader is following Little Fish around the ocean to find different shapes including circle, square, triangle, star, and heart. Each shape is introduced on the left side of the page and the right side features sea objects that have that shape. This could be fish swimming in a circle, square markings on an eel, triangular teeth on a shark, or the star shape of a starfish. The book ends with a heart that is the perfect shape to show Little Fish’s love for Mommy Fish.

As with any Lucy Cousins book, the colors are amazing. There is blazing orange, vibrant turquoise, hot pink, sunny yellow, and dark green all set to an ocean background of different shades of bright blue. How these shapes are incorporated into the illustrations is not so obvious at first. For example, in finding the circle shape in the ocean we see it as eyes on a fish, circles on a sea plant, fish swimming in a circle, and a circular marking on the side of a fish. This method gives children a moment to really identify the shape. Another wonderful feature is that each shape is embedded into the page creating a small groove, so children can easily trace the shape. There is a clear path for them to run their finger along the shape and arrows pointing in the direction their finger should follow. The rhyming text throughout the book is also an added bonus.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of birth and three years old. This is a great choice for children who enjoy interactive books because they can trace the shape and also look for the shape in the illustrations. The last two pages contain a full two-page spread of fish swimming in the ocean and this creates even more opportunity to identify shapes–children might enjoy that there is more to do even after the story is over.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, daycare centers, preschools, anyone who works with children between birth and three years old.

Where would you shelve it? Board books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, great addition to Count With Little Fish and Little Fish Colors.

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

Date of review: April 22, 2020

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