The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

by Dr. Seuss


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"The shape of you, the shape of me, the shape of everything I see.." In this board book featuring bright new colors and the original whimsical text, Dr. Seuss introduces the concept of shapes to babies and toddlers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394826875
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/28/1973
Series: Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners Series
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 118,210
Product dimensions: 6.81(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright and Early Books Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most difficult problems that many beginning readers have is to notice those pesky little differences between letters (like b and d, and q and p). Many children don't focus that much and get a general impression of a shape when looking at a letter or a group of letters. This interesting beginning reader helps you child to 'see' the benefits of studying detail more closely. The book is primarily a series of solid shapes (mostly black on white) set off with bright colors used in some shapes, as backgrounds for others, and as rectangles around words. Each one is a different item. Some of the many items silhouetted include a bug, balloon, bed, bike, beans, flowers, mice, big mahines, elephants, ships, teapots, water dripping, bird cages, peanuts, pineapple, noses, grapes, glasses, scissors, the various shapes that gum can be pulled into, smoke, marshmallows, fires, mountains, roosters, horses, tires, camels, bees, back door keys, spider webs, clothes, garden hose, mug, imaginary beings (like a BLOGG), trombone, fish, whale and a frog. This is not all, but it is more than half. As you can imagine, a young child will be able to identify very few while an older child will get almost all of them. Not all of the profiles have words associated with them in the text. As a result, this book should be read in different ways at different stages of development. For example, two year olds will identify more objects if they get a hint from you. Also, if you child likes sounds, you could make a sound like the object for your clue. For an older child, you can also work together to spell the names of the shapes that are not in the text. For someone about to graduate from the book, you could try creating some rhymes with the shapes that are not mentioned. The book itself is simple to read, and has a typical Dr. Seuss rhyming scheme. The key lessons are summarized as: 'Everything comes in different shapes.' 'No shapes are ever quite alike.' There is also nice encouragement for your child to feel special, for having a unique shape. That's a nice tie-in to the concept of encouraging your child to notice the small differences that help in reading. This point is brought home in the end when the child narrator says, 'I say, 'HOORAY for the shapes we're in!'' This book will be of most value for a child who is starting to have some success in identifying letters, so although this is a beginning reader . . . it's not the first reader you should use. After you have enjoyed this book, you might also do some art projects in which your child picks out items that she or he wants you to cut out. You could paste them onto a card along with the item's name, and create your own flash cards for words you child wants to learn! Notice the small things, so you can see the big picture! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Olymama More than 1 year ago
We have been reading this to our daughter for almost 3 years now and she still loves it. She had it pretty much memorized by the time she was 2. She still spends quite a bit of time just studying the pictures. The pictures are not overwhelming with tons of details, but are really just shapes or shadows. I like the "message" too that everything comes in different shapes. The end says, "Of all the shapes we might have been, I say hooray for the shapes we're in!". Love it!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss, of course, was extremely prolific. What this means for me is that some of his books I *adore*, but some I'm ambivalent about. This book is definitely in the latter category.It's very easy for beginning readers to read, though.
smmote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss books are always a good way to get your students attention and they are fun to read. This one is about all the different shapes that things make and no one shape is the same, such as beans, flowers, lips, ships, machines, animals, gum, etc. There are several comparison and rhymes made throughout the book and helps recognize the shape of several things.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Not quite as imaginative as some of Seuss's classics but still a fun read for kids and their parents.
Joy Gompah More than 1 year ago
My fayorite book is the shape of me and other stuff by Dr. Seuss. This book is about animals, shapes, and airplanes. My favorite part of the story was the page thet said a bug and balloon and a bike. Little sisters will like it because it is by Dr Seuss. RR (1st grade)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is outstanding its about people saying all the different kinds of shapes and they compare it to different things