Round

Joyce Sidman

Book - 2017

"Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best."--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Audience
Ages 4-7.
K to grade 3.
ISBN
9780544387614
0544387619
Main Author
Joyce Sidman (author)
Other Authors
Taeeun Yoo (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Newbery Honor Book author Sidman captures the perfection of the simplest of shapes in this poetic ode to roundness. A brown-haired girl informs readers she loves round things—loves to feel the smoothness and curves, and to watch round things grow or hatch. And, it turns out, there are so many round things in nature to love, from budding blueberries, to water drops becoming "beads of silver" as they fall, to rocks that weren't always round but shaped that way over eons. If all that roundness isn't enough, the child demonstrates how, by holding hands with friends, they can form their own circle, while alone, she can curl into a ball. Each carefully written line of text shows readers how the mundane can become magical if you look closely. You can even bask in the majesty of roundness when sitting on Dad's shoulders, looking up at a harvest moon. All of this elegant simplicity springs from the page through Yoo's mixed-media artwork, so rich in subtle detail that children will always find one more thing to look at. Once finished with the story, readers can find more information in a two-page info section on the round shape in nature, using examples from the text. Pair this with the author's Swirl by Swirl (2011) for a shape-shifting trip through the natural world. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Having celebrated spiral shapes found in nature in Swirl by Swirl, Sidman offers a lovely contemplation of all things circular as Yoo (Strictly No Elephants) follows a child and her father through fields, to the shore, and beyond while they investigate the outside world. Writing in first person, Sidman begins with things that are innately, observably round—oranges that hang heavily from tree branches, seeds the girl scatters into a hole, a turtle's nest of eggs. From there, she explains that some circular things "swell into roundness" (a cluster of red-capped mushrooms), are wondrously ephemeral (ripples, bubbles), or acquire their form over years, if not centuries. "Some are a different shape/ to begin with,/ but slowly, over time,/ all the sharp edges wear off," she writes, while Yoo shows father and daughter paddling past weathered rocks in a small boat. Yoo's mixed-media scenes feature bold, saturated colors and crayonlike textures, and they always highlight the girl's curiosity. Closing notes offer additional fascinating insight into what makes round shapes so remarkable. A round of applause for this one. Ages 4–7. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Mar.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—Sidman delivers a captivating homage to the many round things found in nature and in the world around us. Told in the voice and sensibility of a young child, the simple text follows a girl as she comes across round objects, feels their smoothness, and wraps her fingers around their curves. Some she appreciates from afar (turtle eggs and sunflowers), watching how they roll, spin, or bounce. Some of the objects are in plain sight, and others are hidden and require close inspection. Many of the examples are surprising and delightful. For instance, rain splats and leaves circular ripples behind and round lily pads and turtle shells appear for observant viewers to notice. In fact, much of Yoo's appealing artwork, done in mixed media with printed texture, is rounded and in soft focus. Sidman's examples stretch from the fleeting (bubbles) to the enduring (a full moon) to the personal ("I can be round too…in a circle of friends with no one left out."). It's amazing how one square little book can hold such a wealth of roundness. VERDICT A lovely read-aloud to share in a story circle or in preparation for a nature walk and a perfect choice to curl up with one-on-one.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A whimsical, poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder, written by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Before Morning and illustrated by the award-winning creator of The Little Red Fish, shares thought-provoking verses on such subjects as eggs, sunflowers and planets, as a child and her father share special time together. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Presents a poetic ode to all that is round, including eggs, sunflowers and planets.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

If you look closely, you will find that the world is bursting, swelling, budding, and ripening with round things awaiting discovery—like eggs about to hatch, sunflowers stretching toward the sun, or planets slowly spinning together for billions of years.Whimsical and imaginative, this poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder by the Newbery Honor–winning author and poet Joyce Sidman, with illustrations by the two-time New York Best Illustrated Book award recipient Taeeun Yoo, inspires curiosity and wonder for this (round) little earth we call home.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

If you look closely, you will find that the world is bursting, swelling, budding, and ripening with round things awaiting discovery—like eggs about to hatch, sunflowers stretching toward the sun, or planets slowly spinning together for billions of years.Whimsical and imaginative, this poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder by the Newbery Honor–winning author and poet Joyce Sidman, with illustrations by the two-time New York Best Illustrated Book award recipient Taeeun Yoo, inspires curiosity and wonder for this (round) little earth we call home.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Newbery Honor–winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best.

Review by Publisher Summary 7

Newbery Honor'winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best.

Review by Publisher Summary 8

If you look closely, you will find that the world is bursting, swelling, budding, and ripening with round things awaiting discovery'like eggs about to hatch, sunflowers stretching toward the sun, or planets slowly spinning together for billions of years.Whimsical and imaginative, this poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder by the Newbery Honor'winning author and poet Joyce Sidman, with illustrations by the two-time New York Best Illustrated Book award recipient Taeeun Yoo, inspires curiosity and wonder for this (round) little earth we call home.