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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061915130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061915130
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Hall loves art supplies, especially pencils, crayons, scissors, and tape. He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Gave this book to my five year old niece for as a Christmas gift.
M. J. Johnson
Perfect Square is a good story for children, but an even better one for adults who can appreciate the underlying message.
Ashlee
The children enjoyed guessing what the picture was and the illustrations are wonderful!
Megan Cummings

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Format: Hardcover
A square of construction paper and an endless stream of possibilities. From mountains to gardens, there's an unending supply of projects to be tried just by reading about the imagination of a simple square. And oh, the places you'll be transported all within the four sides of a square!

Not having read Michael Hall's previous book My Heart is Like a Zoo, I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up at ALA Midwinter a couple of months ago. I knew that everyone who had read his first book had absolutely raved about it, so I had high hopes. I certainly wasn't disappointed. This simple book that's based on the basic shape of a square leads to an imaginative series of things and places that will have kiddos not only excited for the next page of the book, but the next opportunity to try it out themselves. Perfect Square is a beautiful way to transport what you see on the page into minds of children and then into the projects they make with their own hands. Definitely a book for every home that children enter into!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brimful Curiosities on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One square. Unlimited possibilities. One bright red square starts out perfectly happy. But then something happens. On Monday, the square gets cut up and punched with holes. Though no longer a perfect square, it transforms into something just as wonderful...a babbling, giggling, clapping fountain. On Tuesday, the square (now yellow), gets torn into pieces and turns into a garden. Each day of the week something different and extraordinary happens to the square and out of brokenness comes beauty. All the square's colorful adventures cleverly tie together into a perfect and inspiring story.

Colors, shapes, days of the week, but with a sophisticated theme that appeals to all ages, I can honestly say that this is one of the best books out this spring. With every page turn my kids wanted to know what was next for the ever changing square. And, inspired by the story, they wanted to have a try at transforming their own square. The book screams for a corresponding art project. I love how the story sort of comes around full circle, or rather, in this case, full square with a twist. The "rise to the occasion when forced to break out of your mold" message is probably, for the most part, lost on the youngest crowd but if you know a recent graduate, Hall's book with an adventurous, out of the box message, would make a thoughtful gift for all those ready to embark on a new path in life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on May 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One perfect square is transformed over and over into a variety of creative pictures: a fountain, a park, a garden, and a mountain to name just a few of the transformations.

I ran across this book on a recent blogger hop. It was my "find" of the day.

This simple, yet beautiful book offers readers glimpse at art and inspiration. It inspires creativity with just a few simple changes. Hall's brief text allows the illustrations to tell most of the story. I especially like how the square reinvents itself rather than being transformed by a person or some other outside force.

Our school does not have an art program. I've set one of my goals for next year to include library lessons that will introduce the students to a bit of art. This book will be an excellent resource for an art project for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Recommended for Preschool and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on February 7, 2012
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I love this book. Hall has created a masterpiece with this one. Everything about the book works beautifully. The story and theme about dealing with the challenges that life can throw at you is spot on. The design of the book suits the story to a tee. The way the colors compliment each other and the creative illustrations add so much to the appeal of the book. Often one doesn't find a lot of character growth in a picture book, the story is often too short, especially if the characters aren't human. But here the square does grow and realize that change and challenge can bring joy. I highly, highly recommend this book. My students also really enjoyed the book. This could lead to some great art activities as well as a great read-a-loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Hill on January 13, 2013
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A book to inspire any child, adult or artistically challenged person. The message is clear, the colors are appealing and my preschool students felt compelled to create their own "perfect square". A winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on September 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Trust me, Moms, your kids want to do this. Actually, older kids have great ideas for projects from this book -- it isn't just for little kids. Let your kids go crazy -- give them some squares and some papers to attach them to, and let them break apart the squares to suit their creative moods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a treasure and a must-buy. The illustrations are reminiscent of Eric Carle with vivid colors and multi-layer visual texture. A perfect square is transformed each day into something totally different, until, in the end, it becomes window to everything it has been. Approachable and fun, this book has a soothing tone. The incorporation of math concepts is subtle, yet effective. Although an easy picture book, this is one I would recommend for even a secondary math class. It would make a terrific assignment to try to imitate it.
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