Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

roundisatortillaTortillas are so delicious, I would probably pick up any book with the word in the title. Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is the perfect book for those who want to introduce a little Latin culture and Spanish vocabulary along with shapes. Bright illustrations by John Parra with a light texture suggest paper cutouts and murals on walls. They show the parks, kitchens and backyards of  a welcoming town and loving family.

This book covers simple shapes: round, square, rectangle, triangle, oval and star. The rhyming text describes various objects for each shape, including at least one in Spanish. The final line of each couplet asks the reader what other round or square or triangle things you can name. Food and furniture are recurring items, with paletas, sandias and huevos all making appearances and then making me hungry!

Pick up this book to share when your toddler is ready to learn shapes, or you’re eating some sandias in the summertime. It also makes a great gift for a preschool teacher or school librarian looking for a good read aloud for Hispanic Heritage Month. Language teachers can use it as the basis for a lesson on shapes and have students create their own pictures and illustrations to put together a class bulletin board. So many possibilities!

— Cecilia

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One thought on “Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

  1. This is such a sweet book! For fans of John Parra’s art, his work is part of an exhibit of Latino children’s book illustrators at the Richmond Public LIbrary in Richmond, VA. PAINT ME A STORY features the work of John Parra, Joe Cepeda, and Lila Weaver. Through May 30. Main branch. More information (804) 646-5177

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