Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinMs. Hindley encourages children to look around and find things that are circular or derive from circles, including merry-go-rounds, rolled up newspapers, and seashells. With this start, author and illustrator then describe gears, axles, conveyor belts, whirlwinds, and, finally, our spiral galaxy. 1996 (orig.
Children's Literature - Judy KatshWhat a great idea-a book all about circles. With dizzying graphics and a text that sometimes rhymes and sometimes doesn't, the author and illustrator attempt to explain such circular phenomena as spheres, orbits, spirals, and whirlwinds. There's a lot of information here and it's dished out in the text as well as in the illustrations. Just as the book's title suggests, there's a lot wheeling and whirling-around going on as text and pictures compete for the reader's attention. The Wheeling and Whirling-Around Book tries to clarify and celebrate the roundness of nature, but it doesn't quite work, and readers come away with disconnected facts spinning 'round in their heads. A "Read and Wonder Book".
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-A hodgepodge of ideas and descriptions that is difficult to follow due to the haphazard wording and rhyme. ``Let us think for a bit about round things/and things that spin and whirl-/things that wheel and reel and roll/and curve and coil and curl-/things that are round/like a ball is round,/and things that are round/like a wheel,/and things that swing/in orbital rings,/out and about/and back again.../and things you can/run your fingers around,/in a spiraling slope,/like an ice-cream cone;/and things you can hug,/like a tree.'' That is just the first sentence! In addition to the dizzying text and busy, comical cartoons, the factual blurbs and dialogue balloons interrupt the flow of the verse and may cause readers to lose their train of thought. Tana Hoban's Spirals, Curves, Fanshapes, and Lines (Greenwillow, 1992) is a better way to introduce these concepts.-Sandra Welzenbach, H.K. Williams Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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