Can a box and a circle really be friends?
When a circle and a box decide to play, their different colors (blue and yellow, in a likely ode to the classic Leo Lionni selection) are not a factor, nor are their genders (unstated), but their different shapes and dimensions do present a bit of a conundrum. The simplified, animated illustrations are the focus here, and the minimal text appears in a bouncy, sans serif type color-coded blue for Box and yellow for Circle. “We should do something together,” says Box. Circle suggests they jump—and is wildly successful at big and little hops in different directions—but Box can’t do it without falling flat. Perhaps they can simply sit (here, Box showcases its special talent), though this doesn’t work so well for Circle, who has a tendency to roll away. Is there a way to find a solution so they can work together and enjoy doing what they each are good at? Itself the result of a partnership between Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Worldwide Publishing, this upbeat selection provides a natural tie-in to math lessons regarding 2-D and 3-D shapes, presents difference as a positive, and offers hints for conflict resolution.
A spirited take on shapes, compromise, and friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)