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So Many Circles, So Many Squares

So Many Circles, So Many Squares

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by Tana Hoban

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Tana Hoban changes the way we look at the world. After you read this book, you will find yourself seeing circles and squares everywhere. And they will surprise you — because they will be where you have often looked before. You will have changed — and begun to see.


Tana Hoban changes the way we look at the world. After you read this book, you will find yourself seeing circles and squares everywhere. And they will surprise you — because they will be where you have often looked before. You will have changed — and begun to see.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Buttons, fruit, boxes on a luggage cart and a checkered tablecloth are some of the everyday items photographed in this geometric concept book. Many of the vivid photos are from city street scenes and will help children identify and recognize important and commonplace things. The bright color photos are appealing and interesting. Children will enjoy trying to find all of the circles and squares in each picture. Some of the photos contain only one type of object, such as grapes or bicycles, but some are more challenging. For example, a street scene with a horse-drawn carriage in the forefront has the obvious carriage wheels that are circles. And one person in the photo is holding balloons in her hand. But the square windows of a hotel or apartment building in the background are less apparent. This book can keep a child busy identifying colors as well as shapes, and may help her to look at everyday things with a more discerning eye.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Students will begin to notice squares and circles everywhere after looking at these appealing photographs. Circles in squares, squares in circles, squares in squares, etc., can all be seen in many diverse objects, from dishwashers to colorful teapots, to brightly patterned fabrics. The photography is excellent and the subjects are varied. Making a book to illustrate common objects in the classroom and depicting the circles and squares would be a first rate follow up activity to reinforce these concepts. This is one of Hoban's best books on shapes yet.Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA
Horn Book Magazine
Okay, so this more accurately should have been titled So Many Circles, So Many Squares AND Rectangles AND Parallelograms AND Other Shapes (Such as Triangles). Who cares? It's exciting; it's challenging; it's rich (the more you look, the more you see); and it's art. Of the twenty-nine riveting photographs that implore us to look at and see shapes, some are comparatively simple (eight brightly colored buttons against a lightly lined background); most much more complex. Take the grainy, almost monochromatic picture (except for the orange handles on a pair of scissors) of an open dishwasher. First to strike the eye is the roundness of the four rows of plates. When we start to look more closely, we see the square grid pattern of the silverware basket, the vertical plastic prongs of the pull-out racks that suggest rectangles, even the rounded shape of the scissor handles. But it gets better: really close inspection reveals the wheels that the bottom rack of the dishwasher rolls out on, the round shape of the soap receptacles inside the dishwasher door, and the reflection of the square-gridded silverware holder in the door. The book is a great visual game, a great puzzle, but it's not just for brains and eyes: Hoban engages our senses (the gleam of brightly polished saxophones; the dusky, splitting skins on a bunch of red grapes; the ripeness and plenty of wall-to-wall tomatoes on the opening endpapers) and our sense of humor (kids with their heads stuck inside boxes; a polka-dotted dress hanging on the back of a garbage truck) as well. This is an extraordinary book-even for the extraordinary Tana Hoban.
Kirkus Reviews
Hoban's wordless concept book of circles and squares is graced with thrilling full-color photographs but marred by a small, rude gesture in one picture. Most of the objects pictured are of familiar man-made objects, and most come with an urban flavorþmanhole covers, construction blinkers, shop windows, storm sewer grates. Some of the photographs are quite funny—one shows a couple of kids with boxes on their heads; other photos have the quality of found objects—the back of a garbage truck, a side view of an airport luggage carrier. The caveat: A shot of traffic lights and a "One Way" sign includes a small poster of the symbol known as "the finger." Perhaps only city children will notice; aside from that, this is a tidy book, and one that puts across Hoban's undeviating message to look, and see. (Picture book. 3-7)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tana Hoban's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world.

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So Many Circles, So Many Squares 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Juju55 More than 1 year ago
Great book, pictures, and service.