by Carter Higgins (Author)
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Using hand-painted paper to create brilliantly hued, shape-based forms that appear against a clean white backdrop, Higgins (Bikes for Sale) economically examines ways to observe color, shape, pattern, and position. On the opening spread, two true statements describe a berry's position relative to a shape. On the spread's verso, the berry of the title--a red diamond with a green stem--is suspended precisely above a yellow circle. On the recto, a second berry appears over a green square. "Circle under berry," the first line reads; "berry over square," states the second. A page turn builds on the concept, presenting four objects stacked in a vertical line and words that convey both position and differing elements (shape, color, or object) of each--"circle over berry/ under orange/ over square." Soon, the elements begin to vary between shapes, colors, and animals (a frog, a guppy, a pig), drawing readers' attention while achieving real grace as the items resolve into origami-like forms. Via "a stack of shapes" that "can make you think/ and wonder what you see," Higgins offers seeds of conversations about naming and classification. Ages 2-4. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Ruben Pfeffer Content. (Sept.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.