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Round

By: Joyce Sidman

Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo

Whimsical and imaginative, this poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder inspires curiosity and wonder for this (round) little Earth we call home. Further information on why so many things in nature are round. Full-color mixed media illustrations with printed texture.

ISBN: 9780544387614

JLG Release: Jun 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Shapes , Solid geometry , Circles , Nature

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Awards & Honors

2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Science, Technology, and the Natural World
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
2020 Mathical Honor Book for Pre-K

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

In this thought-provoking and lyrical ode to nature, Sidman (Swirl by Swirl) shares with young listeners her reasons for loving round things. The soft mixed-media illustrations depict a young girl and a puppy out in nature, first observing innately round entities, such as seeds and oranges. In a series of outdoor adventures stretched out ove In this thought-provoking and lyrical ode to nature, Sidman (Swirl by Swirl) shares with young listeners her reasons for loving round things. The soft mixed-media illustrations depict a young girl and a puppy out in nature, first observing innately round entities, such as seeds and oranges. In a series of outdoor adventures stretched out over several seasons, the girl and her companion (an older brother, perhaps, or a parent) encounter plants, such as blueberries and mushrooms, that become round during their growing season. (The text describes each by properties, detailed in the illustrations, rather than using specific names.) At the beach, and when canoeing, the child notices rocks whose edges have become round through weather erosion; in the woods, she notices circular tree rings (“I love round things when they’re hidden and you have to discover them”). As summer turns to autumn, the child observes more round, but again unnamed, objects in the night sky: things that “spin together slowly . . . and last billions of years” (stars); things that “show themselves night after night, rounder and rounder, until the whole sky holds its breath” (the moon, in a dramatic double-page spread). In the end, the girl creates her own kind of round by curling up under a blanket into a cozy ball and, finally, with a hug goodnight. In the back matter, Sidman simply but eloquently describes why so many things in nature are round. betty carter

Junior Library Guild

[STARRED REVIEW]
Sidman delivers a captivating homage to the many round things found in nature and in the world around us. Told in the voice and sensibility of a young child, the simple text follows a girl as she comes across round objects, feels their smoothness, and wraps her fingers around their curves. Some she appreciates from afar
[STARRED REVIEW]
Sidman delivers a captivating homage to the many round things found in nature and in the world around us. Told in the voice and sensibility of a young child, the simple text follows a girl as she comes across round objects, feels their smoothness, and wraps her fingers around their curves. Some she appreciates from afar (turtle eggs and sunflowers), watching how they roll, spin, or bounce. Some of the objects are in plain sight, and others are hidden and require close inspection. Many of the examples are surprising and delightful. For instance, rain splats and leaves circular ripples behind and round lily pads and turtle shells appear for observant viewers to notice. In fact, much of Yoo’s appealing artwork, done in mixed media with printed texture, is rounded and in soft focus. Sidman’s examples stretch from the fleeting (bubbles) to the enduring (a full moon) to the personal (“I can be round too . . . in a circle of friends with no one left out.”). It’s amazing how one square little book can hold such a wealth of roundness. VERDICT A lovely read-aloud to share in a story circle or in preparation for a nature walk and a perfect choice to curl up with one-on-one.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780544387614

First Release

June 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Shapes, Solid geometry, Circles, Nature,

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