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When a Line Bends...a Shape Begins

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
A line is thin. A line is narrow--curved like a worm, straight as an arrow. Squares, circles, triangles, and many more shapes abound in this lively book. With jaunty, rhyming text, young readers are invited to find different shapes on each busy, vibrant page. Once you start looking, you won't be able to stop! The perfect book for little ones beginning to distinguish shapes ...more
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Published September 1st 2001 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 1997)
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Apr 26, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This concept book is written in rhyme, with each two-page spread describing a different shape, including lines, squares, circles, diamonds, and even hearts and crescents. The rhyme scheme is variable and the meter is often clunky, while the poems lack the repetition that young readers enjoy. Younger children (toddler to preschool) who need a shape concept book like this will be lost in too much text per page while the older readers who can keep up will be bored by the simplicity of the content. ...more
Less of a story and more for the purpose of explaining and identifying what makes a shape a shape in a cute, rhyming way. Pros: it teaches children to identify shapes in their natural environment and provides tons of opportunities in the illustrations to identify the shapes. Cons: there seem to be some flaws in the geometry, perhaps for simplicity sake, but it's best to get things right. I think this book could be used with children with special needs, but I don't feel wowed by this book. It fel ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Picture book- concept (shapes)
2. This book illustrates and describes shapes of all kinds in a fun rhythmic way. Greene demonstrates types of lines and what happens when they bend to diamonds and stars and how they relate to other aspects of life.
3. A) the author's writing skills
B) I feel the author is a little overwhelming when she writes each poem for each shape. I think it is a great book and gets the concept across, but I am not sure it is too much for a msall child to digest. The problem
Jerri Miller
Oct 17, 2011 Jerri Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: concept-picture
1. Picture Book- Concept
2. This book focuses on the concept of shapes and where we might find them in everyday objects.
3. a. This critique will focus on the rhyme and flow of the book as well as correspondence between the text and illustrations.

b. I enjoyed how the objects that were being described on each page were located in the picture, kind of like a “I Spy” feature. I think that the rhyme of the book would help to keep small children interested however, there was something a little strange
Samantha Hagler
Jan 31, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
A great book for introducing and identifying shapes! I think this book would be a good introduction for Kindergarten, but a perfect book for a first grade class. This book uses big illustrations and rhyming words to talk about shapes. I like how this book relates the shapes to real-world things that a child can relate to. The book starts by identifying a line and explaining that when a line bends many shapes can form. This book introduces not only the "simple" shapes such as a square, circle, an ...more
Madison Bopp
Jul 19, 2012 Madison Bopp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to introduce a further knowledge of shapes. After my class and I read the book together, we would take a shape walk in the classroom and around the school to have students show and tell us all the different shapes they see in everyday things around them. We would then return to class where students would sit at their desks and cut shapes out from construction paper. They will punch holes in their shapes and then tie the shapes using different lengths of yarn or string from a ...more
Eva Leger
Nov 11, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
This is much better for an older baby, one learning about lines whether they be in the form of shapes, letters, etc. Julia is much too old for this book but when I saw the title of the book at the library I was expecting something a little different.
The text is rhyming which does make it fun to read and fun to hear, and on each double page spread there is a different shape. The illustrations are such that they'll be appealing for the child and at the same time the background in the pictures can
Zilha B.
Mar 23, 2013 Zilha B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
This is a very cute book about lines and shapes. It begins by identifying a line and explain how shapes are formed out of lines. This is a great introduction for shapes. The words are also written in ways that make shapes, which is pretty cool. This would be a great book for Kindergartners and 1st graders when they are learning about shapes. I would use this book to talk about what makes something a line or a shape (the differences) and to talk about the different shapes (squares, triangles, cir ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins
by Rhonda Gowler Greene
a story about art and lines, math and shapes, and how to create beauty with the start of a line
Sarah Ziskend
Good for:
-rhymes/ phonemic focus on ending sounds
- teaching shapes and sides and corners
-gives authentic real life examples of shapes
-compares and contrasts shapes
-shapes used: square, rectangle, triangle,diamond, circle, oval,star, heart, crescent, octagon,

As a teacher of mathematics, I could use this book when teaching many different math topics. The most oblivious and useful lesson to attach this book to, would be about shapes. I could use this book for teaching a variety of different lesso
Shani Cooper
This book is great for children that are learning shapes. The book includes descriptions and illustrations for circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and diamonds as well as more advanced shapes. An instructor could create an activity based o shape recognition. Students could cut out their own shapes or receive pre cut shapes from their instructor. Students would then apply their shapes to like objects around the room using an adhesive. The class could also create a chart together that contain ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, children, concept
the rhymes are too long and confusing for the audience it was written
Jul 03, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book would be great to use when teaching K-3rd grade students about geometric shapes. I love how it captures the shapes in the different things we see everyday. I would think students would like that because it is something they can relate with and it's also something they can go out and look for when riding in the car, walking down the street, etc. This book does a great job with introducing the geometric shape's definition and correct terms. It would be a great shape book to have for your ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Shakita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-books
This book can be used in the classroom to work on lessons with shapes. The book starts out with describing to us what a line is and from there, the many different shapes one can make from a line. I would use this book in the classroom to help identify shapes in the classroom as well as shapes outside the classroom. You can give students a piece of string and they can make the shapes as the story is read. The teacher can even have the entire class make a shape together, the possibilities are endl ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Sarwat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would be a great book to introduce the geometric concept of shapes to K-2nd grade students. I love how this book pointed on the fact that shapes can be found in different things in our everyday life. I would love to play "I spy game" incorporating different shapes in the classroom to encourage students to find different shapes in our classroom. To extend this concept, I would do activities such as, counting shapes, sorting shapes, patterns with shapes, graph on shapes, etc.
Quynh Le
Jul 18, 2012 Quynh Le rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
This book is a nice introduction to lines and all the things that are made up of lines. Students can have fun discovering all the different lines in a classroom, from the edge of a desk to the sides of a piece of paper. As an activity, students can play with strings and see how by moving lines up and down, etc., that they can form so many different shapes, so a straight line can be manipulated into a circle or a triangle or even an octagon, depending on the ways the lines are moved.
Lyndsey Hurm
This is a really cute book to use when teaching about shapes! I would definitely use this book for younger grades. It talks about what a line is and how you can use a line to make so many different shapes. It also shows how shapes are everywhere in the real world. I think a cute activity to do after reading this book would be the have the students make a shape together using different pieces of string and they take turns adding their string to the shape to make it different.
Kathryn Hogan
Cute book, with great examples of shapes. This book will be perfect for a lesson on shapes and for reading when the students need examples to connect to in everyday life. I loved the illustrations, and how all of them being simply with a line. This is a great was to get the students to create their own art with line and how to connect that something simple can turn quite big! This book would be great for a second or third grader.
Isabel Hernandez
Jun 22, 2011 Isabel Hernandez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-class
This is a great book to introduce geometry in kindergarten. The use of rhyming words along with the great illustrations will inspire my students to look at shapes in the real world. After reading this book we could do a walk through the school and find the shapes we have learned about. There are a ton of ways this lesson could be upward extended too! Love this book. Can't wait to use it in my classroom to talk about shapes.
Megan MacDonald
This is a fun yet educational book to show students how lines form into shapes when they are bent or drawn differently. This would be a good book for young grades and would allow students to make connections between things they see everyday and new lines or shapes that they may be unfamiliar with. The pictures are engaging and fun as well, and could give students many ideas for their own shapes.
Oana Cerchezan
I think this book is great for children to realize how shapes are everywhere around us. They can really implement the use of shapes in an activity that requires them to make something out of any shape they are given. For example, the book starts out with a line, and from that line ants in a row can be made. Kids can use their imagination and create whatever they would please out of the shape they choose.
Megan Willis
Apr 15, 2013 Megan Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
This is the perfect book for identifying shapes! I also like how it introduces the concept of a line, and how lines are what make up shapes. If I were to use this in the classroom, I would read it as an introduction and the take the kids on a shape walk around the school. They would identify as ma y shapes as they can and realize that shapes are relevant in everyday life.
Katie O'toole
Jul 15, 2012 Katie O'toole rated it liked it
My class would use shape manipulatives (maybe felt shapes or something) and graph the number of sides of each shape. For instance, a student would create a x and y axis graph and draw a picture of a triangle on the x axis, and then graph a dot on the number 3 on the y axis (for 3 sides). Then student would continue graphing all the shapes in the book.
Julia B
Jun 24, 2011 Julia B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-books
This book would be a great tool for introducing 2D shapes. After reading the book, my students could get pipe cleaners in order to actually see how a straight line, once bent, can be turned into 2D shapes. Another way of utilizing the book would be using geoboards to show a straight "line" (rubber band) and then bend the line into various shapes.
Apr 18, 2012 Lbrown107 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mathematics
Here is another math book that rhymes and is fun for any student! I loved the illustrations in this book because they invite students to locate shapes! The colors are really appealing as well. I would love to use this book to introduce various shapes and encourage my students to start out with a single line and draw their own shapes!
Jennifer Bryant
This book introduces shapes in a fun way. The words flow very nicely. It shows how shapes can be found in real life all over the world. This book could be the start to fun shape activities. The class can find shapes around the room as a group. K-3rd grade would be the best level for this book.
Kiana Sims
This book touches on a lot of geometry students are using in today's classroom. It shows how a shape is made of lines and also has lots of valuable vocabulary words that the kid's need to know. The colors are wonderful and I would definitely use this with another group of younger students.
Randi Erickson
Jul 20, 2012 Randi Erickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
I loved how this books introduced the different shapes and diffinition for each one. I love the pictures and all of the different examples of each shape, which allows the students to recognized that there are shapes all over. I would use this book for K-2 while beginning a unit on shapes.
Tuyet Tran
Nov 23, 2010 Tuyet Tran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
A shape begins when a line is bending. Great shapes and great story. Little children from pre-K to 1st grade will like this book and they will definitely know all of the basics shapes like circle, triangle, rectangle, star, heart, oval, and stop sign.
Christiana Tarpley
Great book to teach about shapes (math). Great vocabulary is used throughout the book which is very meaningful for students to understand how to use the vocabulary and the meaning of the words. The students are able to understand how a shape is created.
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