Perfect Picture Book Friday…I almost missed it. And then I realized that tomorrow is Saturday…the third Saturday of the month… the Will Write for Cookies Saturday which this weekend will feature the incredible Diana Murray.
I was lucky enough to win some swag from Diana…one of the items was an advance copy of her newly launching picture book, City Shapes. I fell in love with it!!! So I chose it for today’s review. PLUS, if you leave a comment telling us your FAVORITE city, you’ll be entered in the random drawing for a brand new copy of this brand new book!
Written by Diana Murray
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2016)
Ages: 3 and up
Themes: City life, shapes, curiosity
From shimmering skyscrapers to fluttering kites to twinkling stars high in the sky, everyday scenes become extraordinary as a young girl walks through her neighborhood noticing exciting new shapes at every turn. Far more than a simple concept book, City Shapes is an explosion of life. Diana Murray’s richly crafted yet playful verse encourages readers to discover shapes in the most surprising places, and Bryan Collier’s dynamic collages add even more layers to each scene in this ode to city living.
Why I like this book:
- Wonderful rhyming text encourages young children to join in with the reading.
- I’m a New York City girl, born and bred…so this book is close to my heart.
- The illustrations are magnificent…can I say that again? MAGNIFICENT!
- Great read-aloud.
- Parents and teachers can use this story as a springboard for a discussion on shapes or city life.
Take a walk with your child whether you live in the city or in the country. Observe. Discuss. Then go back home and draw pictures of what you saw. You can help your child make his or her own book by stapling the pages together. Ask your child to describe what was seen and write that on each page.
Have a wonderful weekend! Please don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our wonderful interview with Diana Murray. And leave a comment telling us which city is your favorite one…you might be the lucky winner of a copy of Diana’s brand new book!