Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres
Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover12.78
Publisher's Hardcover15.29
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Annotation: Photographs of all kinds of familiar objects depict a variety of shapes, including cubes, cones, and spheres.
Genre: [Mathematics]
Catalog Number: #66369
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale
Publisher: Wm. Morrow
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-688-15325-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-20665-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-688-15325-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-20665-6
Dewey: 516
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Renowned photographer Hoban specializes in making concepts like size, color, and symbols come alive for young children. This book highlights shapes that may be difficult to grasp in the abstract, but are found everywhere. The book jacket, featuring a boy and girl playing in front of a garage, is a perfect setup for the subject: the scene contains many of the shapes introduced in the book, illustrating how they infiltrate daily life. Hoban identifies each shape before setting out on a wordless photo exploration. The pictures are a delight, showing shapes in a child's daily world (alphabet blocks, ice cream cones) as well as ones a child might encounter on a trip to the city or country (traffic cones, bales of hay). There's even a gorgeous photo of a castle that brings all the shapes together.
Horn Book
The shapes in the title are the subject of a series of color photographs of everyday scenes, unaccompanied by text. While children will enjoy identifying the objects in each image, most photographs feature only one type of shape. This book lacks some of the cleverness and challenge of Hoban's other titles.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>Pictures tell the story in this wordless book. Hoban creates photographs that show the geometric shapes of the world around us. Everything looks spontaneous, yet her meticulously composed images make the four mathematical shapes that are her subject clear and interesting. Boldly framed pictures sometimes demonstrate just one shape; others show a combination. In brilliant color, she uses objects such as blocks, wrapped birthday gifts, bubbles, and baseballs, which have enormous child-appeal. Children are often present in the scenes, but do not dominate them. A child's hands show a Parcheesi board and dice, two children examine a globe, and a hand builds a sugar cube castle. City streets and interiors contrast with rural scenes. An amusing shot of shaped triangular trees in a formal garden leads up to the final shot of a castle that demonstrates each of the four shapes. Identical double borders give a unified look to each page and focus the eye on the subjects. Another welcome addition, by one of the best in the field, to books that make mathematical concepts accessible. (Picture book. 3-5)</p>
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-The photos stand alone in this textless mathematics book. Four small, labeled diagrams on the back of the title page define the shapes. After that, readers are led on a treasure hunt for those shapes through 21 crisp, colorful pictures. A display of teddy bears in clown hats, a basket of baseballs, a breathtaking castle, and sculptured hedges typify the broad-ranging subject matter. Math teachers approaching solid geometry will find this to be a useful resource. Children will simply enjoy identifying the plethora of shapes to be found out in the world if one only takes the time to look.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Reading Level: WL
Interest Level: P-2

Cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Sounds sophisticated? Only until you look at Tana Hoban's incomparable photographs and realize that those shapes are the stuff of everyday life. They are all around us all the time. In our houses, on our streets, in our hands. In yet another breathtaking book, Tana Hoban wakes us up to our world and makes us see it.

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