In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!
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
978-1-4521-0616-8. 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."