Bronxshapes by Alex Rivera
Using photographs of common objects, Rivera celebrates his urban community with shapes found at a bodega, park, and vendor's cart. In addition to introducing geometric shapes, the book also introduces readers to city scenes that may be unfamiliar to those living in rural areas.
Bronx Baby board books are chunky little packages of bilingual delights. Found objects are named and identified, expanding youngsters' English and Spanish vocabulary. A simple line of large text, with the noun boldly accentuated serves as a vehicle for infant and toddler language acquisition.
These books make excellent gifts for welcoming a newborn or celebrating a toddler’s birthday. Package the books with shape blocks and a box of crayons for a great holiday gift.
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This concept can be expanded and adapted to many different locations, cultures, and languages.
Here's an idea for youngsters confined to home during the winter months. Read Bronxshapes and then create a shape scavenger hunt. Document with drawings or photographs the many shapes discovered within the walls of your house.
Weather permitting, expand the shape search to your neighborhood. Let the fun begin!