The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright & Early Books)

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 2001



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Random House Books for Young Readers (2001), 36 pages


Rhyme and silhouette drawings introduce the shape of bugs, balloons, peanuts, camels, spider webs, and many other familiar objects.

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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
I kind of think the kids who want to see the shape of their hand and the moon and the kids who want to see the shape of a shlumpf and a gneen are two separate constituencies (in age, certainly, but also to a degree temperamentally), but Seuss has a kind of fundamental sterling nature that sees him
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LibraryThing member conuly
Dr. Seuss, of course, was extremely prolific. What this means for me is that some of his books I *adore*, but some I'm ambivalent about. This book is definitely in the latter category.

It's very easy for beginning readers to read, though.
LibraryThing member smmote
Dr. Seuss books are always a good way to get your students attention and they are fun to read. This one is about all the different shapes that things make and no one shape is the same, such as beans, flowers, lips, ships, machines, animals, gum, etc. There are several comparison and rhymes made
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throughout the book and helps recognize the shape of several things.
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LibraryThing member sdlucas
Throughout this books many different shapes are introduced. This is a good book for younger children who are just learning their shapes. The book also shows that no matter what the shape or size of something it is special in it's own way.
LibraryThing member cassie.lee.irwin
Media: Ink
Genre: Fantasy
Review: This is a great fantasy book because it has animals and items that do not exist in our world but they seem believable in the book. The author does a good job of incorporating many real life things into the book. You have the option to have the book read to you or you
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can read it. When it is going through the book you can touch the different pictures and it will tell you what the picture is. It helps us to learn that we should be thankful for the shapes we are and not want to be something we aren't
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LibraryThing member shellybjorklund
Age: Primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: This book takes the concept of shapes and puts them into a story to compare humans' shapes to shapes of other creatures and things. It is realistic because all things in it are real.
Media: Gouache
LibraryThing member bwilhelm09
Genre: This book is informational because it shows that shapes are everywhere and describes how we can find them in our everyday lives. Illustrations are accurate and information/examples about where to find different shapes and how they can be virtually anywhere allows the reader to understand
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that shapes make up our world. The book is also written in a fun way because it rhymes, which could entice children to want to find out more about shapes.

Rating: 3

Media: ebook (electronic online book)
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LibraryThing member Caitlin_Rinner
Dr. Suess provides a great way for children to learn about shapes through his poetry. His rhyming really benefit the children because they are enjoying what they are reading and because they are enjoying it, they are learning the shapes at the same time! I would really recommend this book to young
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readers and to teachers/parents because it is a fun way to boost your children into learning about shapes.
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LibraryThing member TylerSmith
Summary: This story is about to children who are talking about how they are shaped differently, and how everything around them is very differently shaped. They compare the shapes of multiple objects and then finish by saying they are happy the way they are.
Genre Critique: This story is an example
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of poetry because the lines of the book rhyme with each other and the story has a rhythm in it. You can sense the rhythm while you're reading it and it helps the reader read it more fluently.
Character Critique: The young children in the story are the main characters, but they show no change. They would not be considered dynamic because they stay the same throughout the whole story they just talk about different shapes.
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LibraryThing member jherrm1
There are a few different reasons why I like this book. One reason is that I enjoy reading Dr. Seuss books both to others and to my self because they are very sing song like which makes them enjoyable to get through. Also I really enjoy the way that the plot makes the reader think about different
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shapes, especially young readers. The illustrations were very well balanced with the silhouettes of characters and their shapes as well as the background colors that made them pop. I think the rhyming of the text made it easier to get through as a whole because you could guess what was coming next which many readers would enjoy when they are reading.
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LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
A young boy and a young girl look at the shape of everything around them - from mundane items like beans and tires to absurd made-up creatures like a "BLOGG" - and rejoice to be the shapes they are.

Even though I loved Dr. Seuss as a child, this is one title that I never managed to read as a kid.
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Written in his later years, this book features a lot of typical Seussian elements such as his characteristic illustrative style, rhyming text, and a sense of silliness combined with optimism. I'm glad to have recently discovered this book in my public library and have the opportunity to share it with some preschoolers in my life. It's relatively short and simple, but it's a lot of fun and has a nice underlying message about accepting and loving who you are.
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LibraryThing member bjtemple
Goes over shapes.


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9.31 inches


0394826876 / 9780394826875



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