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Round Like a Ball!
     

Round Like a Ball!

by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Illustrator)
 

Is it a meatball? A basketball? A pearl? As the round hole through the pages of this book grows larger, readers will come closer and closer to guessing the identity of the object that's round like a ball, hot and cold, every color, always moving, and home to us all. With a simple text and glorious collage artwork, Lisa Campbell Ernst offers a gentle tribute to our

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Is it a meatball? A basketball? A pearl? As the round hole through the pages of this book grows larger, readers will come closer and closer to guessing the identity of the object that's round like a ball, hot and cold, every color, always moving, and home to us all. With a simple text and glorious collage artwork, Lisa Campbell Ernst offers a gentle tribute to our planet and a timely reminder that we all need to take care of it.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Readers are invited to play a guessing game: think of something round like a ball, and look at the small cutout on the page. Other clues are given: this ball is quite beautiful and has many colors—guesses include a pearl and a gumball. As readers turn the pages, the hole gets bigger, exposing more of the answer, and more clues are provided—always moving, hot and cold, wet and dry—no, it is not a fishbowl. This ball is surrounded by air and is hard and strong. Now sharp eyes should see the continents emerging on this ball, but they blend in with the blue sky and swirling clouds, so they are not distinct. Finally, the answer is revealed, and the closing pages offer a four page gatefold showing our big, round earth. This beautiful place we call home is followed by tips on how to care for the earth—recycle, plant flowers, conserve water, watch less TV, and play fewer electronic games (energy conservation and also a personal health issue). It is all there, and it was fun finding the answer. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

This engaging, eco-friendly picture book opens with a child-friendly invitation to "play a guessing game." Through a series of short rhyming clues, children will join in as members of a family "unearth" the mysterious round object little by little. Ever-growing cutouts on attractive two-page spreads along with the clear, bold text provide the clues. One at a time, the sister, brother, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents, and even pets use the clues to make their own best guess. The concentric circles created by this peek-a-boo technique evolve into a beautiful circle of rainbow colors that complements the book's Earth-friendly message. Ernst's distinctive collage and cutout illustrations are painted with bold chunky strokes that will appeal to a young audience. A stunning foldout creates an eye-catching conclusion, making this title a great choice for a group read. Concluding with some simple suggestions for ways to take care of our planet, it is a great starting point for discussion. An engaging and appropriate selection for all libraries.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Kirkus Reviews
With a string of rhythmic clues-"It's round like a ball and it's hot and cold . . . . It's round like a ball and it's wet and dry . . . ."-Ernst invites readers to join an extended family in a simple guessing game that ends with an eye-filling triple foldout portrait of our planet. Featuring figures large and clear enough to be visible from the back row, along with a color scheme laid out in dappled brushwork and a page design incorporating die-cut holes and artfully placed text, this displays an uncommon narrative and visual harmony that will effectively draw even very young children into its theme of global awareness. Closing with a brief, discussion-starting list of ways to conserve energy and natural resources, it stands with G. Brian Karas's On Earth (2005) and even Charles Shaw's classic It Looked Like Spilt Milk (1947) for its inspired simplicity. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934706015
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
03/27/2008
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst grew up in Oklahoma, spent nine years in New York City, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She has written and illustrated more than twenty children's books.

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