Toddlers begin learning about shapes from the toys they play with. Shape sorting cubes are made for children as young as one year old.
There are also board books for babies that start teaching the shapes, but what about those of us who want to instill a love of great literature in our young ones while teaching them about the different shapes? Jennifer Adams has come up with the solution for us in Treasure Island: A Shapes Primer.
This BabyLit board book uses shapes based on the classic tale Treasure Island. For example: the square is illustrated with a picture of The Admiral Benbow tavern. The building itself is in the shape of a square. There are three windows on the tavern, and each window is in the shape of a square with multiple squares making up each window.
While you are teaching your young one shapes with this book, you can tell the classic tale of Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, and buried treasure.
For those of you who aren’t acquainted with this classic tale, below is a cartoon version of it that you can watch along with your children. It is just under five minutes long.
The artwork in this book was done by Alison Oliver. The bright colors in her illustrations should please any child.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you would like your own copy, I have provided an Amazon link below.
Amazon Link: Treasure Island: A Shapes Primer
About the Authors:
Jennifer Adams is a writer and book editor. She is the author of more than two dozen books, including books in the Baby Lit series, which introduce children to the world of classic literature. She lives in Salt Lake City, and works on weekends at the King’s English Independent Bookstore. Her favorite classic novel is Pride and Prejudice.
Designer and illustrator Alison Oliver runs Sugar, a design studio. Her design portfolio reflects her love of drawing, pattern, and color. It includes everying from logos to packaging and product design. She also designs books for publishers such as Chronicle, Quirk Books, and Gibbs Smith, Publisher. Alison lives in New York City, and her favorite classic novel is Alice in Wonderland.