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Round Like a Ball Hardcover – March 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Nov edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934706019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934706015
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This engaging, eco-friendly picture book opens with a child-friendly invitation to "play a guessing game." Through a series of short rhyming clues, children will join in as members of a family "unearth" the mysterious round object little by little. Ever-growing cutouts on attractive two-page spreads along with the clear, bold text provide the clues. One at a time, the sister, brother, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents, and even pets use the clues to make their own best guess. The concentric circles created by this peek-a-boo technique evolve into a beautiful circle of rainbow colors that complements the book's Earth-friendly message. Ernst's distinctive collage and cutout illustrations are painted with bold chunky strokes that will appeal to a young audience. A stunning foldout creates an eye-catching conclusion, making this title a great choice for a group read. Concluding with some simple suggestions for ways to take care of our planet, it is a great starting point for discussion. An engaging and appropriate selection for all libraries.—Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN
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A family responds to a series of clues to discover what is “round like a ball.” The clues are placed in large letters on the left side of a double-page spread, encircling progressively larger cutout circles. The cutout on each successive page offers a glimpse of the next article guessed. When the pages are flipped, a rainbow of cutout circles, large to small, is created on the previous page. After 12 guesses, the pages fold up and out to a four-page spread revealing a beautiful likeness of our planet. The illustrations feature only the characters and  items to guess, with the boldly lettered text set against a striking background of brightly mottled colors that fills the entire page. Although the cutouts aren’t as artistic as Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s creations or Ernst’s own in Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book (2004), the distinctive illustrations, the guessing element, and the showstopping foldout of the Earth will work well for individual or group viewing. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on March 20, 2009
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Round Like A Ball is one of the best children's books I have seen this year. Lisa Campbell Ernst engagingly weaves an ecological story about the earth with the fun of the progressively larger holes in each page and the riddles of what is round like a ball. An excellent and age appropriate story with a message of preserving our earth. Highly recommend this book!
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By K. Hunt on September 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I own this book and absolutely love it. I am a preschool teacher, and this year we have increased the amount of effort to teach the children how to recycle, reuse and reduce in order to preserve our precious earth. This book was a great introduction to our year-long project of helping the earth. The children loved the book, they were incredibly captivated, and enjoyed guessing what the answer to the "riddle" could possibly be. As the circle grows bigger and bigger, come children caught on... they were so excited!

The artwork in this book is beautiful. The illustrations convincingly perceive the "riddle" as a bubble, and ice cream cone, a pearl, a gum ball, etc.

The only issue that I have with the book is with the incredibly informative fold-out located in the back of the book. Fold-outs cause books to be fragile, and therefore can't be left out for children to look at independently. Because I want to make this book last, I keep it out of the children's reach, a shame because they could get so much more from it if they could use it individually.
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By T. D. Sappington on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book for a younger child. The story is simple, the colors in the book bright, and the illistrations draw your attention.
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My daughter just loves this book - it is fun to read and the illustrations are very cool for a 1st grader!!
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