Friday, February 2, 2018

Round (Joyce Sidman)

Title:  Round

Author:  Joyce Sidman

Illustrator:  Taeeun Yoo

Target Ages:   3-6

Genre:  Realistic Fiction 

Publisher Summary: 
Look closely—
how many round
things do you see?
The sun?
The moon?
A rock?
A raindrop?
A seed?

Here is a charming, lyrical
look at why we love round
things, from the small
details of everyday life to
the vast and ancient forces
that shape our world.

First Lines:
I love round things.
I like to feel their smoothness.
My hands want to
reach around their curves.
I love to see round things grow.
Some start out round….
like a seed
or an egg,
waiting to hatch.

The soft, textured illustrations are calming and inviting.  Along with the poetic text, they celebrate the wonders of nature and the joy of exploration.  The most endearing part is the sweet relationship between father and child as they explore their world in all types of weather and times of day.

Round is the perfect read-aloud book for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. 

Ideas for Extension Activities at Home or Lesson Plans for Teachers:
  • Nature:  Go on a hike or walk.  Together, look for round things.  Older children can bring a notebook and draw pictures of what they see. 
  • Writing:  Write out a simple sentence with a blank.  Example:  “Two round things are _______  and ________.”  OR “My favorite round thing is _______.”  Allow children to draw the items or write the words (with adult help).    
  • Science:  Ask children why they think circles/round shapes are so common.  Information at the end of the book provides six insightful reasons.
  • Art:  There are many circle art projects.  A few that look like fun are from the Artful Parent, Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, and Reading Confetti.    
  • Math:  Read this book when discussing shapes.  Chalk Talk has many excellent extension activities with shapes.
  • Reader's Guide from the publisher. 
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  1. Thank you for sharing. This book is perfect for my young great grandsons and a great niece!

  2. My son's first word was "round" because that's what wheels are. He would have loved this book.

  3. I so agree with this opening text!

  4. This would be a great book for my grandkiddies, too! I'm glad you shared it.


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