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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to?

The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail and the frog… Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Owlkids Books (first published 2011)
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Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, art, preschool
Aaah it makes me happy to start reading books for preschool story time again :) This one is exciting to me, 'cause it'll prompt lots of good interaction and discussion. It'll be fun to have the kids guess what animals and shapes the scraps of paper can turn in to! It also might make a FABULOUS felt story -- just cut out the shapes from the book and even let the kids try putting them together in different ways. Fantastic for a big group, great for a small one, A++.
Seema Rao
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Simple shapes are mixed and remixed to turn into stylized animals in this young learners look at creativity.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Scraps of paper blow across the page, first one then several appear. But what are they and whose are they? First the chicken insists they are his since he found them. Then the fish says that he cut them from the paper. Then the bird, the snail and the frog explain that they are theirs as well. Each animal fits them to their body to demonstrate why they belong to them. Then the wind itself speaks about blowing the pieces around and offers them to the reader, “What will you do?”

Superbly simple an
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: 2013, childrens
This is an entertaining book that shows just a few of the myriad ways that different colored shapes can be combined to make different pictures and characters. The narrative is very short and simple and the illustrations focus on the different creations. I like that the book encourages children to create their own pictures, although it would be novel to include cardboard cutouts of those shapes in a pocket at the end of the book. Overall, it would be a good book to read with preschool-age childre ...more
Great book for multiple extension activities:

1. Read the book with a flannel board
2. Use flannel board and tell the story without even using the book
3. Read the book and then have shapes available for the child to tell the story with you
4. Read the story and have the shapes available for an art extension activity after (create your own picture using the shapes)

Some of the activities skew older, but the flannel board could be used with 3+
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This book is like a cross between Duck! Rabbit! and Quick! Turn the Page! because it breaks that fourth wall and talks directly to the reader when explaining what's on the page. When describing what the pieces of paper are, they can be made into many different animals, which is why it reminds me of Duck! Rabbit!
Jennifer Hess
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!
"A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting." ~Kirkus
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a simple yet very cute and creative book. It takes different scraps of paper and turns them into different animals. This book shows how a little creativity can go a long way and how if you use your imagination anything is possible.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Joella Peterson
This is begging to be used in a storytime!! I can't wait:)
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Simple and cute.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A few shapes are blown about to form different animals that tell a story about pieces of paper on the breeze.

In the form of "The House that Jack Built", it's a story that builds upon itself, but also uses the same shapes and a few extra lines to make all the pictures. For teachers, having pieces of paper pre-cut out in the shapes could be a fun activity for kids to try making some other animals or pictures from the shapes.

No content issues.

Tyler Jones
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
It is sometimes the simple things that are the best.

Here is a fun book to help teach your little one shapes and colours. Several different animals are made out of the same shapes, which will spark a creative flair in any developing mind. I think it would be fun to get some coloured cardstock paper, and cut out these same shapes and then let your child try to match the animals they see on the page...or make up their own!
Amy Oberts
It takes a talented author and illustrator to transform seven simple shapes into an engaging story...and Édouard Manceau has done so with great success! The building, repetitive text of the story is offset by surprising characters that appear from rearranging the shapes page after page. Readers/listeners could participate in a post-reading activity that utilizes similar shapes to create their own unique structures.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Shapes blow in the wind and each animal claims it was them that created them, but in the end it is the wind that blows the shapes away again, to you! What can you make with them?

This is a good book for a unit on shapes.

This is a good book for a unit on creating art with cut out shapes.

This is also a good book for a unit on air and wind.
Miss Sarah
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved this book more than the kids did. I sued it with both toddlers and preschoolers and think it work better one on one or with an cutouts to real life demonstrate. Features shapes being moved by the wind to form different animals who each lay claim to the shapes ownership.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book shows how shapes can be rearranged and transformed into an animal. This is a good book to be introduced in Art lessons to get students to be creative and think out of the box.
Nicole Darrow
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great for a storytime and activity playing with the shapes.
Lends itself to feltboard/paper creative projects tied in with the story.
Ms Threlkeld
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cute concept and I appreciate how the author encourages young readers to use their imaginations, but the story itself dragged and didn't hold my interest.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book might be fun to read with preschoolers in a shapes or colors themed could even have the craft involve using the shapes from the book to make a picture.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little too sparse for our liking, but still interesting. We discussed how this was originally published in French and that we were reading a translation.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute, simple book for young kids. Each page shows the windblown pieces of paper, and what they could be. A good book for encouraging creativity.
October 2016
Katie Fitzgerald
The pictures in Windblown are very minimalist, as they are meant to engage the child reader’s imagination. Aside from the individual shapes, of which there are seven, the illustrator only adds a few black lines to each page in order to suggest the background and character speaking on that page. The illustrations are mostly just brainstorming suggestions, as the end of the book hands the pieces over to the reader and asks the child to make his or her own pictures.

This book lends itself nicely to
Katie Seckinger
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a very unique picture book and nothing like I have ever seen before. As the reader turns the pages, more and more scraps of paper appear. Eventually the tiny scraps of paper arrange themselves into different types of animals like a chicken, fish, bird, snail and frog. The strong wind blows and the tiny scraps are scattered about the blank page again. This book definitely requires imagination and attention to the changing illustrations. The simplicity of the illustrations allow the reade ...more
Christine Turner
Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to? The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail, and the frog... Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as they try to figure out just who the pieces of paper do belong to...

Édouard Manceau was born in Vendée, France, and be
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, k-2nd, preschool
Age: Preschool-1st grade

Now I understand why the blogosphere is exploding with storytimes/lesson plans surrounding this book. It's just asking to extend a listener's creativity! No, seriously, it asks you at the end what you can do with the scraps of paper. Also, this would be such an easy flannel to make.

The story itself is a reverse cumulative tale, explaining where these scraps of paper came from. It starts with the last animal to interact with them leading to the first thing to touch them:
This is my favorite kind of book for storytime because it has a built in activity to do right after the story!
The story: Some pieces of paper are blowing about and a bunch of animals are trying to claim them, "They're mine!" I know it doesn't sound very interesting, but paired with Manceau's simple shapes and black & white ink drawings, this simple story allows for the creativity and imagination of the reader to come through.
How is this a pop-out story? After you read the book, you can give
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Scraps of paper fly around the pages and rearrange themslves into different animals. The open ending encourages readers to create their own pictures using the collection of pieces.

This book brought to mind Michael Hall's wonderful picture books "My Heart is Like a Zoo" and "Perfect Square." I love the way the open ending lends itself so well to an extension activity. The cumulative text makes for a good read aloud and the plethora of white space on the pages gets the creative juices flowing long
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
When first one, then several scraps of paper fly across the white space of this book, several animals lay claim to the scraps. This allows the papers to be combined in various ways to form a chicken, a fish, a bird, a snail, and a frog. But it turns out that the scraps belong to the wind who is sending them to the reader so that he/she can come up with unique combinations, and by adding just a little bit of drawing fashion his/her own characters and stories. These simply forms are easy to see an ...more
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