There are many ways of teaching shapes. I found this shape book by Tracey M. Cox to be a valuable tool. Samantha Bell's illustrations will keep the students interest.
Tracey M. Cox lives in South Georgia
with her husband, and three children. She has been writing professionally for over 10 years. Her journey as a writer began once upon a time, in a land far from where she lives now. In that far away land there was
magic, the magic of listening to stories and in telling them.
Tracey knew about this magic because her grandfather had shared his own story magic with her when she was a little girl. When she was older, she began
to spin her own tales for her children. One night after the story magic had been told, her oldest son caught that magic and did a magical thing of his own...
"Mom," he said. "THAT would make a great book."
Since that long ago night, Tracey has had many articles published in local newspapers, magazines, and ezines. She is also the author of several picture books and has many more manuscripts under contract.
Thank you, Tracey for agreeing to this interview.
Where did the idea come
from for 'Shaping Up the Year'?
I was taking an online class and one of the lessons was to take something everyday and incorporate how we use it to symbolize other things. It gave examples and shapes
stuck out to me. I got to thinking how shapes make up everyday object and how we used shapes for holidays. For example, a green triangle with a brown rectangle is a tree that we use as a symbol for Christmas. A red heart makes us think of Valentines Day.
What convinced you to write 'Shaping Up the Year'?
I did some research for preschoolers for shapes associated with holidays. There was little to none out there. So I decided to write it for the year and include the holidays we think about and the ones we don't think about as much.
Do you have other preschool picture books in the works?
Oh yes, I have an
assortment of manuscripts that are in various stages. One that has a special place in my heart is how a little boy handles his big brother being away for so long at basic training. My second son is a Combat Engineer for the Army.
Thank you for sharing your talent with the world and especially with our students.
This book is
available at http://amzn.com/1935137735
Other books by Tracey M. Cox:
'Ribbert's Way Home'
''Liddil Gets Her Light
'Just the Thing To Be'
You can visit Author Tracey M. Cox on her web site: http://www.traceymcox.com