A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches about primary colors and how two primary colors can combine to make secondary colors. Identifies many shapes and shows how some can combine to make a new one (for example, two triangles can make a square). Many of the shape names will be new vocabulary for young readers (and possibly their parents!).
Colors and shapes are both valuable, because together they create the things we see in our world, in nature and in man-made things, such as vehicles and buildings. It's fun to mix colors and create new colors. It's fun to think about how many kinds of shapes make up the world we see. Life doesn't have to be a competition: We can celebrate our unique value and contribution together.
Positive Role Models
Both colors and shapes are proud of who they are and what they contribute and are excited to show off their talents and make a good case for their team. They're also glad to collaborate and acknowledge the other team's value.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Colors Versus Shapes, the sequel to Mike Boldt's wonderful 123 Versus ABC, reprises the clever motif of a friendly battle to determine whom are the stars of the book in hand. Colors make their case and shapes make theirs, and three judges (characters from the previous book) must decide. It's lively, funny, and educational, but some of the complex shape names ("ellipse," "nonagon," "rhombus") may be hard for little ones to grasp, pronounce, or retain.
Is It Any Good?
SHAPES VERSUS COLORS is as exuberant as Mike Boldt's delightful 123 Versus ABC but slightly less engaging. The problem is that many of the interesting shapes may be lost on the little ones who can easily grasp the varied colors. How many 4-year-olds will have heard of a rhombus, a heptagon, or "irregular polygons"?
But the cute premise leads to an exciting reveal that shows shapes and colors in the real world, including the red octagon recognizable as a stop sign. And the friendly, triumphant conclusion underscores a message of appreciating each other's value.
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