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"My very first book of shapes"

"Look for a shape on the upper pages and find the matching picture on the lower pages. Go!" With these words Eric Carle, the inventor of the world-famous story of "The very hungry little caterpillar", invites his young readers to immerse themselves in the world of shapes. In this beautiful book plain black shapes are contrasted with the corresponding pictures drawn by Carle in his own unique style. For example the trapezium turns into a dragon, the semicircle becomes a slice of melon, from the triangle a tepee is formed and much more. The pictures provide an invitation to discovery in that the tepee, for example, contains not just a single hidden triangle but several at the same time, as well as circles and rectangles. Children are already able to recognise and to distinguish basic shapes at a very early age. As a result even very young children will be fascinated by the simple black and white contrasts which are created by these shapes. Children from the age of two will have great fun identifying and combining the pictures, and no limits are placed on the imagination.

 
"My very first book of shapes" is reminiscent of the famous fold-out books of the past with which it was possible to create the funniest imaginary beings by combining different parts of the body. As a result this book is at the same time a game which can be discovered alone or with others.

Eric Carle
"My very first book of shapes"

Gerstenberg Verlag
Hildesheim 2005 
Beate Wassermann


AUTHOR:

BEATE WASSERMANN

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