Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Shapes All Around, by Jodi Huelin

[This review is based on the board book edition published by Mattel in 2010.]

So what’s it about?
It’s as simple as it sounds: the world is full of shapes, and this book provides some common kid-friendly objects to help them identify the most common shapes (including square, circle, oval, rectangle, diamond, triangle, and star). For example:

Now, lift the flap!

What did we think of the book?
Lyn Fletcher’s illustrations are adorable, as you can see in the pictures above. The text is simple and easy to follow, and it’s nice that there’s some repetition on each page when Jodi Huelin asks, “What shape is the…” Not only can parents and teachers use this book to teach shapes, but you can also point out colors, animals, and letters (as each shape name is written in the same white uppercase and boldfaced print.

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
This book is the very definition of being multi-purpose, and for that reason alone it should be on every infant and toddler’s bookshelf. It’s been on Joshua’s since he was 3 months old, and it’ll be on his siblings’ shelves when we have them. Our copy is old and worn (read: well-loved), and it’s a reminder of how much Joshua loves reading and lifting flaps.

There is an entire series of Fisher-Price Laugh, Smile, & Learn books for sale via Amazon. Be sure to check them out. We have most of them and they’re all wonderful!