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This Equals That by Jason Fulford

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Publisher : Aperture Direct
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 80
Publication Date : 9/1/2014
Condition : BRAND NEW
Aimed at children ages five and up, this clever and surprising picture book by artists and collaborators, Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin, takes young viewers on a whimsical journey while teaching them associative thinking and visual language, as well as colors, shapes and numbers. Through a simple narrative and a rhythmic sequence of photographs, the book generates multiple meanings, making the experience of reading the book interactive—parent and child must ask questions and come up with their own answers, drawing on the child's imagination. Each spread presents a new relationship that changes and shifts as the book unfolds, with the last picture relating again to the first, forming a circle. Through playful and inspired sequencing, everyday scenes are transformed into a game of pairs, enjoyable for adults and children alike. From School Library Journal Gr 3 Up—The only words in this book are those in the opening rhyme: "The book is a circle/Made up of squares/Turn the pages/Consider the pairs." While the rhyme may seem enigmatic at first, children will quickly deduce what they are being asked to do. The pairs that follow are sharp full-color photographs (each one and facing its mate on square-shaped pages). They show familiar objects and street and natural scenes that relate in one way or another to each other—through the shapes, colors, or patterns depicted or something a bit more abstract. Once viewers determine what the relationship(s) might be, they turn the page to find the recto image is now in the verso position, juxtaposed with a different photo. In one pairing, children will ponder how a large, ominous shadow of the outstretched limbs of a tree relates to a huge balloon of a sneering King Kong that sits atop a building, its arms raised high above its head. As the rhyme suggests, the book comes full circle when the same photo that opens the book, also ends it. A playful look at the ever-changing nature of relationships and an exercise in visual literacy.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal