Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes

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by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, Susan Swan
     
 

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Verses describe a family trip to a pumpkin patch, where they see different shapes in the scenery around them.

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Verses describe a family trip to a pumpkin patch, where they see different shapes in the scenery around them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chernesky debuts with an autumnal picture book that prompts readers to find shapes in a pumpkin patch as they accompany a visiting family. “Gather ovals! Squash and corn./ Speckled eggs nest in the barn,” she writes as Swan deploys an array of patterns and textures—wood grain, filigree, photographs of hay—in a interior scene with plenty of ovoid eggs, prize ribbons, and corn kernels for kids to point out. Chicken wire hexagons, a triangular slice of apple pie, and scarecrows dressed in polka dots and plaid add to the homey, down-on-the-farm mood, and Chernesky’s bubbly rhymes keep the story moving swiftly. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Susan Hawk, the Bent Agency. (Sept.)
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"A father-daughter-son trip to the pumpkin patch is an opportunity to point out shapes while enjoying the sights and tastes of the season." Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2013

"The rhyme scheme flows smoothly and would be great fun as a read-aloud. The cut-paper collages are a standout, rich in texture, and with a vibrant seasonal palette." School Library Journal, September 1, 2013

"Chicken wire hexagons, a triangular slice of apple pie, and scarecrows dressed in polka dots and plaid add to the homey, down-on-the-farm mood, and Chernesky's bubbly rhymes keep the story moving swiftly." Publishers Weekly, June 21, 2013

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This is a beautifully illustrated book full of autumnal colors and images rendered in collages covering full two-page spreads. A young boy and girl are going to the Pumpkin Patch farm with their dad and the journey is told in loose rhymes as they arrive, get a ride on the hay bales behind a tractor, select a pumpkin, and enjoy the fall flavors available at the farm. The focus is on naming shapes found in the surrounds such as circles (pumpkins, apples), squares (hay bales), rectangles (barn doors), triangles (a wedge of pie), and even hexagons (honeycombs). This would make a wonderful read aloud book that invites interaction. For example, students could identify other objects in the environment with various shapes, talk about their own traditions around the Thanksgiving holiday, or describe a favorite fall outing. Students could also use this as a stimulus to experiment with writing about their experiences in verse. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—It's autumn and a father and his two children are off to the pumpkin patch. On their way, the youngsters notice all of the different shapes associated with fall: "On our hayride to the patch/while we bump along we'll match/different shapes to what we see./Will you harvest them with me?" The rhyme scheme flows smoothly and would be great fun as a read-aloud. The cut-paper collages are a standout, rich in texture, and with a vibrant seasonal palette. A wide variety of shapes is covered, including some unusual ones: "hexagons in honeycombs/and chicken wire where foxes roam." While there are many books about shapes and many about autumn and pumpkin picking, this effective combination of the two deserves a place on most shelves.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
A father-daughter-son trip to the pumpkin patch is an opportunity to point out shapes while enjoying the sights and tastes of the season. In her debut, Chernesky goes beyond the basics--circles, squares, rectangles and triangles--by including ovals, diamonds, hexagons, hearts and stars. Each shape is given a double-page spread on which it predominates, though others can be picked out, too. This presents plot problems. The family is supposedly on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, but inexplicably, it is often seen not on a wagon--they stop to fly kites, investigate honeycombs, peek in the barn and don't even appear on the pages devoted to rectangles. The verse sometimes limps, but the text helps beginning readers by highlighting the shape words as well as one related vocabulary word: "Gather OVALS! Squash and corn. / Speckled EGGS nest in the barn." Swan's artwork, which appears to be digital and collage, is full of textures and patterns, fall colors dominating the palette. But the contrast among the elements sometimes overwhelms the page design, the scenes a hodgepodge of elements that don't always meld (people's faces seem to be the worst offenders). This is neither the best shape book nor the best fall book out there, though if teachers are looking to combine the topics, this may be a good choice. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807565384
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
387,159
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Felicia Sanzari Chernesky was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Parsippany, New Jersey. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, she is completing an MFA in Poetry with a focus in Versecraft at Western State Colorado University. A longtime editor, she lives in Flemington, New Jersey with her husband, kids, cat, and poetry volumes. This is her first book. Her website is www.feliciachernesky.com.

Susan Swan is the illustrator of many books for children, including Volcano Rising, Out on the Prairie, and When Autumn Falls. She lives in Ovilla, Texas. Her website is www.susanswan.com.

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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations. A nice book to accompany a pumpkin hayride in the fall.
kevinsardelli More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't have fun at a pumpkin patch!  It’s a Kid friendly, simply sensational journey that complement fun illustrations.  This book encourages shape and pattern recognition, language skill development, movement, and positive self-images.  This is a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with a cute story and interesting illustrations. A terrific way to teach kids about shapes!
IjustlovebooksCM More than 1 year ago
What a great concept for a concept book! The spare rhyming text flows easily and the illustrations are gorgeous. It's a new family favorite for the fall.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Autumnal illustrations cleverly depict colors and shapes during a family's visit to the pumpkin patch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. We picked it up a week before we went to pick our pumpkin. It was a excellent learning experience for our children. We were able to apply what was in the book into our real life hayride experience.GREAT book . I recommend it for all young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chernesky has successfully entertained the reader in Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. Starting from the first page young children will notice bright colors and different shapes. While following a family through their fall adventure you can feel the crisp air and smell the apple pies. From the pumpkin patch, to the farm stand  you are turning page after page to find out what shape will be coming up next. For young children this is definitely one that should be on the book shelf. It is a must read and i highly recommend it.