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Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

by Rosanne Thong
Illustrated by Grace Lin

Published by Chronicle, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8118-2676-7

Ages 3-5

A distinctive book about shapes provides examples of things that are round, things that are square, and things that are rectangular, all drawn from the young narrator's world. Some of the examples she offers will be recognizable to most children, while others are specific to her Chinese American heritage: "Square is a checkerboard / in the park / Square is my name chop's / inky mark." The colorful gouache illustrations that fill each two-page spread clearly depict both general and Chinese-specific objects, and a glossary provides definitions of the Chinese terms. The rhymed catalog of objects for each shape ends by asking readers and listeners to find other things that are round, square, and rectangular in shape. CCBC categories: Concept Books.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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