Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

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In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

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Overview

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A girl discovers that shapes are everywhere in this companion to Round Is a Mooncake. Spanish vocabulary words are sprinkled throughout rhyming, reader-directed verse: “Stone metates inside our casa/ help us grind our corn to masa./ Rectangles are flags that fly/ above the scoreboard, way up high./ How many rectangles do you spy?” Parra’s thick paintings have a rough, weathered wood-grain texture, and his figures—with their serene facial expressions and rosy cheeks—resemble Mexican folk-art dolls. Whimsical elements like a mermaid in the bay and celestial ornaments dangling from an avocado tree add pizzazz to this poetic ode to shapes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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"A perfect choice for the very youngest audiences."—School Library Journal Extra Helping

"Take a tour of Latino culture and learn about shapes at the same time."-Library Media Connection

"Poetic ode to shapes." - Publishers Weekly

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"Poetic ode to shapes." - Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This picture book in rhyme focuses on everyday things-a square for a park, a round pot of stew, a rectangle for the scoreboard at the baseball game. All of the shapes and activities reflect Hispanic culture-stars are for parties and the celebration depicted is a fiesta. Round is a sombrero; squares are ventanas, or windows; and triangles are for chips and guacamole. Some of the shapes appear on two spreads, some have one, but all end with the refrain: "how many more… can you find?" The realistic illustrations feature lots of people of various ages. The paintings are colorful and lend a sense of movement and joy to the activities. The Spanish words are integral to the story but will be clear from context to non-Spanish speakers. This is a lovely book for teaching and sharing shapes within a culture or for just the concepts themselves. It is also a terrific title about family, fun, and sharing.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
This charming concept book will engage readers and help them recognize shapes in everyday objects. Beautiful rose-colored endpapers draped with a festive, lacy banner lead readers into a book that is a celebration of both shapes and Hispanic culture. Thong uses simple rhymes ("Rectangles are carts / with bells that chime / and cold paletas / in summertime") to introduce shapes and Spanish words whose meanings—if not apparent from the illustrations—can be derived from the glossary. Parra's vibrant colors and geometric, folksy art help readers recognize shapes in both the book and the world around them. Intricate spreads offer an abundance of details observant readers will appreciate. The art and text generally complement each other, though some spreads may require an additional bit of work to understand (tacos are used as examples of a round shape, while being properly depicted as folded tortillas filled with deliciousness; the metates are said to be in the casa but are shown in the backyard). Bird's-eye views depict a lovely diversity of skin color, but close-up portraiture is less strikingly differentiated. Nevertheless, this book will teach readers about more than basic shapes thanks to both its use of Spanish words and the inclusion of Hispanic cultural elements. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452106168
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 208,461
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roseanne Greenfield Thong is a journalist and English teacher. She is the author of Round Is a Mooncake, Red Is a Dragon, One Is a Drummer, and Wish. She lives in Fountain Valley, California.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, artist, educator, and designer. His illustrations are featured in When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis. His Hispanic roots and heritage provide a rich cultural palette of inspiring imagery and customs. He lives in Jamaica, New York.

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