Shapes, shapes, shapes

Tana Hoban

Book - 1986

Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes.

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Picture books
New York : Greenwillow Books c1986.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : photos
Main Author
Tana Hoban (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Hoban is well known for her unexcelled concept books for preschoolers. Taking color and black-and-white photos of familiar objects and surroundings she shows letters, numbers, colors, opposites and more. Her pictures are more precise and clear than many stylized or abstract drawings. Giving examples of different shapes, like circles, hexagons, parallelograms and stars, she asks the child to find the shapes within the pictures. It's amazing how many shapes an open lunchbox on a checkered tablecloth can reveal; from a round orange to oval halves of a hard-boiled egg (with round yolks) to a rectangular thermos to star- and heart-shaped cookies. This marvelous book from a topnotch photographer gives children the opportunity to see the world around them, not just look at it. (38) Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS Up Adults and kids of all shapes and sizes are in for a treat with this outstanding wordless book. Hoban's full-color photos have an astonishing clarity and glow to them. They include interesting and beautiful urban landscapes, portraits and still life. Children will have fun speculating about the photographsor they can simply enjoy them, no comment necessary. Looking at this book for shapes is a little like looking at a Cezanne for shapes. Nevertheless, circles, stars, triangles and even fancier geometric figures like trapezoids are here in abundance. The 11 figures represented, as well as the photographs, reach well beyond Hoban's earlier books about shapes. This book has an impressive technical quality of photographic reproduction and fine artistic content. Do your eyes a favor, and don't miss this one. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va. Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Portrays shapes such as squares, circles, and triangles through color photographs of a variety of everyday objects

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Whenever you are -- inside or outside -- there are shapes to discover. And with Tana Hoban's help you will begin to see them. Look around. How many circles, squares, stars, triangles, hearts, and rectangles can you see?They are everywhere!