Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapesby Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, Susan Swan
Verses describe a family trip to a pumpkin patch, where they see different shapes in the scenery around them.
"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
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
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)
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- 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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Love the rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations. A nice book to accompany a pumpkin hayride in the fall.
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.
Great book with a cute story and interesting illustrations. A terrific way to teach kids about shapes!
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.
Beautiful Autumnal illustrations cleverly depict colors and shapes during a family's visit to the pumpkin patch.
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.
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.