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ROUND IS A TORTILLA, A BOOK OF SHAPES

Author: Roseanne Thong

Illustrator: John Parra

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tortillas are round. Ventanas (windows) are square. Popsicles are rectangles, and chips are triangles. This book of shapes follows a girl's discovery of the shapes in her world. This is a bilingual picture book that introduces shapes and objects in Spanish and English.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids liked Round is a Tortilla, but didn't love it. They did not request it again and weren't that interested when I read it a few more times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like the concept of the book with the idea of ways you can discover shapes when you look around. I really enjoyed the back and forth between Spanish and English.

Pros: Explore shapes and Spanish in this clever picture book with bilingual text.

Cons: There are no cons. This book just didn't speak to my children.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. We didn't love this book, but that doesn't mean I would not check it out at the library. If a parent wants to introduce Spanish vocabulary at home, this is a nice choice.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MATHILDA AND THE ORANGE BALLOON   SOAP, SOAP, SOAP / JABON, JABON, JABON   MY BIG BOOK OF SPANISH WORDS

Educational Themes: In addition to studying shapes, this book also offors opportunities to practice object identification and introduce a second language. Take this book outside or use it before going on a walk to identify shapes in your yard and neighborhood.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, shapes, Spanish, bilingual books

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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