We Are Shapes by Melinda Beck

We Are Shapes by Melinda Beck. Phaidon, 2022. 9781838664749

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

Format : Board book

What did you like about this book?  Six shapes identify themselves and then work together to build a house in this sturdy board 6 by 8 inch book. All shapes appear on the same soft blue background. Each shape gets one page to define itself. Other smaller shapes appear within the large shape being identified. There is another small square, a half circle and several circles on the page that says “I am a square”. There are always enough of these extra shapes to suggest a face. After all the shapes have been introduced, there are a few pages where the shapes work together before they succeed in building a house. 

A quite sophisticated look at six shapes and shapes within shapes. Part of the fun will be recognizing the same shapes when they are a lot smaller, larger, or combined into new patterns with other shapes. 

Anything you didn’t like about the book? Parents with an interest in introducing shapes at an early age may most appreciate this book. The larger audience that would most appreciate this book will be a year or even two older than a typical board book reader/listener. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Caregivers who want to introduce math information at an early age.

Who should buy this book? Larger public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  In a board book collection

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Wolflink, retired Head of Children’s Services Winchester Public Library, Ma.

Date of review: April 10, 2022

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