WHAT IS ROUND? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich


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Bright full-color photographs, featuring bold objects and dramatic contrasts, characterize this first book about shapes in the Growing Tree series. Dotlich's text is comprised of the names of objects, forming a rhyming catalog of items for children to point to: ""Tangerines, garbanzo beans, a button on a belly! A bubble, a bead, a bagel, a ball, the lid from ajar of jelly."" Alliterative sounds are pleasingly grouped together, and against the vibrant hand-painted backgrounds, sizes are cleverly juxtaposed--a grape stands next to a globe, a pea is dwarfed by a pancake. An invitation on the final spread--""What else is ROUND? Your turn to try!""--sends toddlers through a spread of familiar objects that are either round or square. An expertly executed precursor to the I Spy books and their kind.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1999
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: HarperFestival