Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

Roseanne Thong, Author, John Parra, Illustrator
Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illus. by John Parra. Chronicle, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4521-0616-8
Reviewed on: 04/22/2013
Release date: 03/01/2013
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. (Apr.)
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