Circle Rolls

Just when I thought books about shapes were at their limit, along comes Circle Rolls by 9780714876306-57-1527840168Barbara Kanninen and illustrated by Serge Bloch. When Circle rolls through the neighbourhood, every shape is affected. Each shape acts according to character, too! For example, “Triangle points without any hands” and “Octagon says, ‘SHAPES! STOP!'”

My only quibble is that Line is not a shape, and as all of the four-year-olds I’ve worked with recently will tell you, it’s not a diamond, it’s a rhombus! (Yep, preschoolers are learning their stuff here in Michigan.) But this story is so innovative and fun, that I don’t mind all that much. Also, if you’re reading this for math concepts, then those points of contention can offer a good discussion.

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9 Responses to Circle Rolls

  1. Sounds like a good one for the classroom! Although the teacher in me is glad that “Line” isn’t a shape. Haha!
    Thanks for sharing this “new to me” book.

  2. Fun book. Though I think there is a bit of debate about whether a line is a shape. This would be a great way to introduce shapes & the debate on a line started in a classroom. Thanks for a fun review.

  3. What a great book topic to start off a lively classroom discussion. I suppose some could say that if the line were drawn with a wide marker vs. a pencil, it could be considered a shape. Still, I’d say that a line is used to draw the outline of shapes. Thanks for sharing this book with us.

  4. Good points about “line” and “diamond,” LOL. Looking forward to reading this one. I just put it on hold at the library. Cheers!

  5. Sue Heavenrich says:

    sounds like fun… and you can always let kids know that line becomes a shape when its ends connect.

  6. Sounds like a cool story. True kids are smart these days. 🙂

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