City Shapes; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

City Shapes book cover

City Shapes is a beautifully illustrated story that encourages young readers to look for shapes all around us.

City Shapes
by Diana Murray; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2016
ISBN 978-0-316-37092-9
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Picture book, fiction
Interest level: PreK-1; Reading level: 5.4
4 out of 5 stars


City Shapes is a beautifully illustrated story that encourages young readers to look for shapes all around us. Bryan Collier’s collage and watercolor illustrations are what truly make this book shine. They use stunning colors, and are both realistic and impressionistic at the same time.

The reader follows both a pigeon and a young girl as they explore a large metropolitan city. Different shapes are identified throughout the journey, such as tall buildings being rectangles. The story ends with both the pigeon and the girl returning to their home in the evening. The rhyming text is fun to read.

This is a fun book for young children just learning about shapes. The illustrations encourage children to spend time on each page and look for the various shapes.

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