Friendshape Review and Printable

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have figure out what friendship looks like. It looks like a rectangle, a circle, a triangle, and a square. Confused? Curious? Then read the book FRIENDSHAPE!

Ann PBOTD Friendshape

We are long time fans of picture book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal although she has been making picture books for just ten years it seems much longer because of how her books become instant classics. The first book we read of hers was ONE OF THOSE DAYS which was different and uplifting in such an unexpected way. SPOON and CHOPSTICKS sealed our “fans for life” status! And maybe you remember I reviewed UNI THE UNICORN for Picture Book of the Day last year.

In FRIENDSHAPE a group of pals who are all different shapes and sizes, through simple text and dialogue, share lots of wonderful things about friendship. Rectangle, circle, triangle, and square have a very simple and visual way of demonstrating how to be a good friend and remind us of why it is important. Can you guess which shape is perfect to lean on? This book is great for kids of all ages to help begin a discussion about friendship and can also be used to introduce little kids to simple shapes and colors.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld also collaborated on Exclamation Mark and The Okay Book.

What if a new shape joined the group? Why not get some cutting practice  and explore some new friendship scenarios with this printable…

Scissor Shapes Printable

Printable for Cutting Practice

“Trapazoid, why don’t you introduce yourself?”

“Hi everyone, I am a quadrilateral with just two parallel sides.”

“I like your symmetry!”

Print the following PDF: Scissor Shapes Printable on the copy paper, color, cut and play!

Amy Krouse Rosental also has a website with a collection of inspiring videos. Check out this video of books and other things she made and if you have 20 minutes watch this one to see why she has sort of become my guru.

This book reminds me a little of my Very Social Triangle and if you are interested in more cutting practice check out my Scissor School post.

I have discovered some great picture books thanks to the recommendations of my fellow Picture Book of the Day bloggers. Follow along by liking Doodles and Jots on Facebook!


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