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Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger? Hardcover – March 1, 2013
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PreS-K-Facing pages offer two items to compare. An apple and a hedgehog-which is round? After turning the page, the question is repeated, but the apple is down to the core and the hedgehog has rolled into its protective ball. The next spread features a duck and a peacock and asks which is bigger. Other comparisons include longer and faster. The question "What do you think?" creates opportunity for discussion. Simple text and color cartoon animals on solid backgrounds allow children to focus on the investigations.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* In this eye-opening and mind-bending picture book, six seemingly easy questions lead to surprising answers. The first spread opens blandly, asking “Which one is round?” and showing a picture of a large red apple on one page and a hedgehoglike animal (perhaps an echidna) standing on the other. Turn the page to find the apple eaten down to its core and the animal curled into a ball. “Which one is round? What do you think?” Children are asked to choose “Which is higher?” as a cat climbs a tall, spindly sapling, and a mouse climbs a somewhat shorter one. On the next page, both have reached the treetop, but the taller tree has bent over under the cat’s weight, leaving both the mouse and its tree higher. The short text leaves the explanations to viewers of the clean, digital artwork, which showcases each idea with clarity, energy, and a touch of humor. Like a magician, this clever book confounds expectations again and again, potentially encouraging children to stop blurting out the expected responses and, instead, to start exploring how they can possibly be wrong. Sure to inspire critical thinking, light-bulb moments, and laughter, this makes a terrific read-aloud choice. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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It's cute and I like the way it not only teaches shapes and proportions, but it also challenges perception based on movement and changing positions. Very young children tend to create broad categories for the things around them (a ball is round, therefore all round things are balls; an apple is a fruit, therefore all fruits are apples...or balls) so this kind of "trick" will bring giggles to younger toddlers. It was a little young for my three-year-old, but she still enjoyed the pictures.
Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Translated from the original Japanese, this is a book to read to, and discuss with, a younger child. It introduces the idea that a concept like "bigger" can depend on how you look at it. The text is spare but the illustrations are cute. For the price a couple more scenes would have been nice, but overall a well done book.
I was provided a copy for review by the publisher.