The shape of my heart by Mark Sperring and Alys Paterson
Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 978 1 4088 2705 5.
(Age: 3+) Picture book. Shapes. An educative look at the shapes in our environment is shown in this large picture book for younger listeners. With its bold colours, myriad of images, large print and simple story line, it is sure to create interest in those children to whom a book is being read. Children will look at, touch, point to recognised objects and be introduced to some they do not know. All is familiar and close by, reprising the closeness of family ties, companionship, communication and love.
Astute parents and preschool teachers will be able to use the book to familiarise things within a child's environment and introduce the words used for the shapes give (I was surprised that this was not written in), but above all to recreate the love within a family and friendship group of the child.
A simple premise, showing shapes of different things that children will come across, ends up with the shape of a heart, extolling the belief that they are loved.