The Shape of My Heart plus a Clipart Freebie

It's Perfect Picture Book Friday time, hosted by the lovely Susanna Hill

My choice today is this adorable book I found on Deep Space Sparkle.

The Shape of My Heart book review and follow-up activities. #shapeofmyheart #booksforkids #gradeonederful

Title: The Shape of My Heart
Author: Mark Sperring
Illustrator: Alys Paterson
Publishing: Bloomsbury, 2012
Intended Audience: Ages 2-6
Topic: Math, Geometry, Shapes

Opening Lines: This is the shape that we are. The shape of you and me.

Synopsis (copied from the book flap): Shapes are all around us, and children will delight in finding each one. Come on a journey of discovery that ends in the most loving place of all--the shape of our hearts.

Why I Like This Book: This is the perfect book for introducing (or reviewing) 2D shapes with your young child or class. The book is full of bright, happy, simply drawn shapes that are arranged in a collage-like format. There are some repetitive parts to the text, which makes it a good choice for early readers to try on their own.


1. Use this book with your class to talk about 2D figures. Project it on your smartboard and have fun finding and naming all the different shapes.

2. Afterwards, challenge the kids to draw their own picture filled with bright and colourful shapes. Or give them some pre-cut shapes to glue onto paper and build their picture around.

3. Make this beautiful art project. Click on the image for directions. It's from Deep Space Sparkle, of course:)

4. I was inspired to make these sweet little penguins after reading the book. Click on the image to grab your free clip art.
6 cute penguins -- clip art

Have a super day!

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  1. I saw your post and was excited that Friday was already here! Cue the wha wha music. :D

    What an adorable opening line.

    Your penguins are so cute. :D

    1. I did that twice! I guess Friday couldn't get here quickly enough for me:)

  2. The penguins are adorable!! The book looks like fun too.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Those penguins are ADORABLE! There doesn't seem to be a penguin book that isn't amazing.


  4. Thanks for this darling freebie. Now I need to go check out the book.

    Granny Goes to School

    1. Hey, you're welcome, Cindy! Thanks for dropping by.

  5. That book looks really cute! I think I need to check it out! Thanks!

  6. Love your activities and this sounds like a super concept book.

  7. This one looks absolutely stupendous. Love the educational component for young ones.

  8. Love the way the book teaches about shapes. Thanks, Barbara!

    1. Thanks, ladies. It's a must-have for the kindergarten and grade 1 set, that's for sure.

  9. What a great concept book! Kids love shapes. Your activities are really good. Nice choice!

  10. So cute! I LOVE penguins. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Teach On.

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