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Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
Thong, Roseanne Greenfield
People & Places
United States
Hispanic & Latino
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!
Recorded Books, Inc.
Digital Format:
Windows Media Audio


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

If kids look closely, they'll see that the simple delights of the world are fashioned by shapes. In Thong's (Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes, 2000) newest concept book, lyrical and playful text, peppered with Spanish words, invites readers to see, count, and find the objects that shape our world. What objects are round? Round are campanas / that chime and ring. / Round are the nests / where swallows sing. Slices of sweet sandia (watermelon) chilled on ice are triangular, ventanas (windows) are square, and huevos (eggs) are oval. Thong's inviting, rhyming text is delightfully animated by Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book Award winner Parra (Waiting for the Biblioburro, 2012), who paints a vivid setting inspired by a rich Latino folk palette. With each turn of the page, kids will enjoy finding and counting the shapes in Parra's stunning visual interpretations of Latino families, communities, and fiestas. A glossary of Spanish terms concludes.--Zapata, Angie Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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