Book Review: Shapes, Reshape! Silvia Borando

  • Toddler, Preschool
  • Shapes, Reshape! Silvia Borando. Candlewick Press: Somerville, 2014.

Shapes, Reshape! Is a counting and guessing book that keeps your child’s imagination on the move.


When we talk about literacy we often only think about reading, but math literacy is just as critical at the earliest stages of life. It is hard to find books that do more than counting to improve spatial reasoning and visualization that children will need later in their math careers. This book not only provides sequencing through counting, but spatial reasoning through the shapes that make up the pictures. Seeing how the shapes fit together and how they are reorganized to create a different shape is a great skill to have not only in school but in life.

This book will introduce your child to shapes or reinforce the shapes they already know, all while building vocabulary. There is also great words like buzzy and dragonflies. Flittering and fluttering. Which not only will teach her new words, but also encourage phonological awareness through the use of alliteration.

The sequencing in the book is phenomenal. The numbers provide one way to tell the story. The child will practice counting backwards through the numbers in the story. Next, your son will love guessing how to reorganize the shapes into the next animal. It will have them giggling and guessing all the way through the pages. With each retelling they will strengthen narrative skills by ordering the animals through the book.

Print Motivation is high with this book. My 6, 8 and 12 year old all stopped what they were doing and came over to sit with me when I picked up this book off the shelf.

Print Awareness is also highlighted by how the text is read and the story progresses. This is a great book to use your finger and follow along to point out the words on the page. The text isn’t so long that your child will lose interest and he will see how a story is told.

How To Use This Book

This book begs to be recreated with your own shapes and numbers. You can draw pictures with crayons or if you are more ambitious, trace shapes and have your child cut them out. Then spend a fun afternoon organizing and reorganizing to see what different objects you can create together. Label or make a list every time you make a new shape to help reinforce vocabulary and writing!

Organize the animals into a list. This is a great way to take sequencing to the next level and build vocabulary. It can be however you want, where the animal lives, if it has a tail, stripes, or whatever else you can think of. Write the names with corresponding numbers and you will do a double whammy with math and reading literacy.

I always love connecting what our children read to the real world, so take a trip to the zoo and see what animals you can find. And for dragons, well, what better place than your local library to find different stories and myths of these large-fire-breathing-creatures.

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