School Library Journal: (Starred Review)
Roseanne Greenfield. Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of
Shapes. illus. by John Parra. 40p.
glossary. Chronicle. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN
PreS-Gr 2– This picture book in rhyme focuses
on everyday things–a square for a park, a round pot of stew, a rectangle for
the scoreboard at the baseball game. All of the shapes and activities reflect
Hispanic culture–stars are for parties and the celebration depicted is a
fiesta. Round is a sombrero; squares are ventanas, or windows;
and triangles are for chips and guacamole. Some of the shapes appear on two
spreads, some have one, but all end with the refrain: “how many more… can you
find?” The realistic illustrations feature lots of people of various ages. The
paintings are colorful and lend a sense of movement and joy to the activities.
The Spanish words are integral to the story but will be clear from context to
non-Spanish speakers. This is a lovely book for teaching and sharing shapes
within a culture or for just the concepts themselves. It is also a terrific
title about family, fun, and sharing.–Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York
Publishers Weekly :
"Poetic ode to
"Take a tour of
Latino culture and learn about shapes at the same time."