Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
This little book shows children / That squares are here and there. / And if they keep an eye out, / then stripes are everywhere.
A perfect companion to Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, the fun, simple text and vibrant design of Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe explore the concept of squares and stripes. Using words such as "cube," "block," "line," and "band," short poems encourage readers to spot the similarities (and differences) between the shapes of the stripes on a zebra and a colored striped sock, for example, or between a square soda cracker and cubes of cheese.
Whether paired with Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots or read independently, this innovative book is a great way to introduce the concept of shapes to young children.

MY TAKE:
This book was cute, but I liked Ladybugs have Lots of Spots more.

In Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe, rhymes and pictures are used to help kids learn about square and stripes.

The rhymes don't feel forced or haphazardly put together. The pictures also perfectly complement the rhymes. As with Ladybugs have Lots of Spots, I felt that the editing of the pictures and the layout were professionally done.

I didn't like it as much as the other book, though. I guess it was because it focuses on two things: squares and stripes. As such, the focus was divided between the two and it felt a little confusing. Perhaps it would have worked better if stripes and squares had their own individual books.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The pictures match the rhymes well.
  2. The rhymes don't feel forced.
  3. The layout is nice.

THE BAD:

  1. Focus is divided between stripes and squares.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Crispy crackers
thin and flat,
cubes of cheese go
great with that.

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is learning about squares and stripes.
  2. Your child likes books with rhymes.
  3. Your child learns better with pictures.

RATING:
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