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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapesby Roseanne Thong
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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!
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Roseanne Greenfield Thong is a journalist and English teacher. She is the author of Round Is a Mooncake, Red Is a Dragon, One Is a Drummer, and Wish. She lives in Fountain Valley, California.
John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, artist, educator, and designer. His illustrations are featured in When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis. His Hispanic roots and heritage provide a rich cultural palette of inspiring imagery and customs. He lives in Jamaica, New York.
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