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Friday, November 7, 2014

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Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming is shaping up to be something special.  The little mouse orders the shapes to get in line and pull together to make a picture.  But when the mouse has trouble slowing down and crashes into them the shapes make a new picture that isn't as friendly as the first one.
The illustrations were created by handmade paper. The backgrounds were poured by Denise Fleming. The shapes were cut from purchased handmade paper. Pastel accents were added. 
I love the mix of backgrounds and shapes.  The colors and patterns are so inventive and fun.  The use of bright colors and the bit of tension of not knowing what the shapes are making all work together so well in this title.
 I used this book with preschool and kindergarteners and they loved figuring out what the shapes were going to make.  And then what they were going to make again.  Before reading, I instruct the students to not say what they think it is when they figure it out.  To think it, but not say it yet.  This helps them gain a little self-control and then I tell them to give me a quiet thumbs up sign when they think they have it figured out, to think it, but not say it.  We practice thinking while we read and this little exercise helps them interact without saying it out loud before their neighbor has figured it out yet. This is one way to help critical thinking skills.

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