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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,339 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Subtitled "Dr. Seuss's Surprising Word Book," The Shape of Me and Other Stuff certainly lives up to its billing. In this delightful book, first published in 1973, kids are encouraged to ponder shapes they may never have considered before: "Just think about the shape of beans and flowers and mice and big machines!" Dr. Seuss's illustrations are in silhouette (for the purpos ...more
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Picture Lions (first published 1973)
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Anna Lawrence
Personal Reaction:
Even as an adult, I loved reading this book!! One reason for that is it brought back many memories from when I was younger and really into reading Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Seuss definitely reminds me of my childhood and many school experiences. I was gifted "Oh the Places You'll Go" by my 5th grade teacher at my graduation to middle school, so any kind of Dr. Seuss book strikes up that memory! I love the positive vibes that all Dr. Seuss books have. The one thing that hit me in the
Jordan Hernandez
My first impression of the book was that it was an excellent beginning level read aloud with lots of repetition and rhyming involved in the text. For a read aloud this book could be used in order to began a unit on the subject of shapes of course. It could be read before doing a fun easy project for all ages a colleague. It allows for students to see different shapes and the words that match them. For individual readers, this book would be good to practice reading fluency. It also exposes the re ...more
On an admin note, this is a review of the board book. Goodreads, the policy needs to be changed to break out editions that are not similar to others. I have no issue with hard and softcover, and other combinations, but a simple board book with 20 hard pages and 5 words per page should not be combined with the regular version of a picture book.

Onto the books. Dr. Seuss was the original in zany, and the combination of cute real shapes and Seuss-ities were something special. My son loves this, and
Synopsis: "Subtitled "Dr. Seuss's Surprising Word Book," The Shape of Me and Other Stuff certainly lives up to its billing. In this delightful book, first published in 1973, kids are encouraged to ponder shapes they may never have considered before: "Just think about the shape of beans and flowers and mice and big machines!" Dr. Seuss's illustrations are in silhouette (for the purpose of accenting the outlines of figures), but are nonetheless up to par with his usual wacky, amusing style. Soarin ...more
Sarah Hannon
Personal Reaction - I loved this book because it is creative and written by one of my favorite Children's authors, Dr. Seuss! I really liked how the book encourages children to consider the shapes of many items.

Purpose/Use in the classroom:

Read aloud:
-Unit on diversity

Independent Reading:
-Students who love Dr. Seuss and his style of books.

For narrative:
-A good use of setting and theme. Dr. Seuss has a particular rhyme-based writing style that draws readers in.

It rhymes. It moves. And, for a Dr. Seuss book, it isn't insanely long and full of gobbly-gook. Naturally, this makes for a better than most read aloud.

This would probably work best as one-on-one story reading where one could really take time and discuss different shapes. There's lots of outlines of weirdly shaped things and people and talking about what actual shapes make up each is probably a stretch for a full room storytime.

I enjoyed this books lot. It's classic Seuss with colorful pictures, witty rhymes and and wonderful lessons for all ages. I read this to a 22 month old and I'm assuming he listened to me while steadily biting the edges and beating on the book. Doesn't matter, I don't hide the fact now that I'm reading Seuss just as much for myself as the little one. I can/will read his books over and over and over and over.....
Camille Rivera
A boy and a girl discuss together the shape of themselves and reflect on how different the shapes are of everything else they see. They admire how two things never have the same shape from chewing gum to mountains and tires. This book is a very simple one meant to teach about shapes, but it does it in a unique and interesting way. Even though the illustrations never show more than the shape of something, they have character and are fun and easy to relate to. As you read it is easy to get caught ...more
A short fun rhyming book that would be good for early readers or little little ones. Also a good book to think about shapes and shadows. Could be a good read before drawing each other's shadow or outlining shapes of people, hands or feet. A really interesting and creative book that could be used in many ways.
This is a great book about being happy to be the shape that you are because there are so many other shapes in the world, too, and nobody is shaped quite like you! Written in typical Dr. Seuss style with the images to match, this is a great book for improving self esteem in young children.
This book is still really good, but the art isn't the best of Dr. Suess. It's like more design-y what with its silhouette style, but Mom says that's to emphasize the shapes and all. I think that's a good point, but I just prefer all the silly visual details in some of the other books.
Elizabeth Neff
One of our faves

this was a book that got read a lot when my girl were young but now I get to read it as an ebook for my grandson. It will be well loved in this house yet again. it doesn't need a review because it's a classic and should be enjoyed by all children.
Mark Baker
Not quite as imaginative as some of Seuss's classics but still a fun read for kids and their parents.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
A lesser-known? Dr. Seuss book with fantastic shadow illustrations and a message about celebrating the shapes WE are in! My favorite pages are the "many shapes of chewing gum" and the mention of a creature called a "BLOGG" (haha).
Great books on different shapes and how everything is different. I think it would be a great read for all children. Shows bigger self esteem of themselves and how everyone is different!
This book is delightful and adorable! I love the illustrations and the magic of the shapes and rhymes. Plus it has a cute little message at the end. Very sweet and enjoyable.
A Dr. Seuss book that my story time families didn't recognize! How rare is that?! I ended this one after “everything comes in different shapes."
A good Seuss book, but definitely not one of my favorites. Seuss's own fault for setting the bar so high!
I love this book and so do my kids. I didn't even know we had this book, lol. this will be a regular read.
This book would be great to teach how the shapes of everything is unique.
Sarah Stumphf
This book is a great conversation starter with any 3 year old.
I always love me some Dr. Seuss, as do my students.
Austin Wright
Innocent, generic, neutral...three stars.
An important premise, cleverly executed.
With his iconic rhythm and rhyme, Dr. Seuss discusses the shape of strings and other things. Cleverly, the illustrations of the shapes start out as monochromatic. This may help a young learner to distinguish between the concepts of shape and color. More simply, this style of illustration enables the reader to focus on the shape and not be distracted by other elements, such as color. The story ends in a positive message of self-image: "Of all the shapes we MIGHT have been...I say HOORAY for the s ...more
Robert J
Seuss is the best.
Why couldn't this have had geometric shapes as well?
Another unheard of Dr. Seuss book.
One of my favorites considering I've never heard of it before. This book is one that every child should read at least once. It tells the child that no matter what shape you are, that is what makes you unique and you should be proud of who you are no matter one.
This was a fun and whimsical little book. I liked how the illustrations were blacked-out and yet I still got the same feel as any Dr. Seuss book. The ending was nice, and the rhymes were bizarre. I'd recommend if you were a die-hard Seuss fan.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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