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# When a Line Bends...a Shape Begins

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
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Hardcover, 0 pages

Published
September 1st 2001
by Perfection Learning
(first published January 1st 1997)

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Jun 25, 2014
Lizzy
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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
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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 ...more

Oct 17, 2011
Jerri Miller
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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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

-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 ...more

the rhymes are too long and confusing for the audience it was written

Jul 03, 2012
Kathryn
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math-related-books

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
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Jun 22, 2011
Isabel Hernandez
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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.

Mar 04, 2011
Megan MacDonald
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educational-books

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.

Aug 21, 2012
Oana Cerchezan
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shapes,
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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.

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