Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book #262: Round is a Pancake by Joan Sullivan Baranski, Illustrated by Yu-Mei Han

Image from YuMeiHan.com
Join the members of this exuberant royal court as they celebrate all things round. From pancakes to lollipops, cherries to coins, this book will have you looking around, “on the ground, in the air. You will find round things everywhere!”

The rhyming text of this book is printed in a large, bold font that curves its way through the circle-filled landscape. Kids will be familiar with all the circular items mentioned and they will also be able to find them easily in Han’s bright and beautiful illustrations. The illustrations are full of dynamic movement that flows from left to right, pushing the story long with each turn of the page. Although this book lacks a plot, the characters follow the rhyme from page to page. Look at Han’s painterly illustrations and see how many other circular items you can find, there are dozens beyond what is mentioned in the text.

Use this for a toddler or preschool storytime about circles or shapes. Try pairing it with other books full of shapes, such as Press Here, Boat Works, My Heart is a Zoo or StarsAfter you read the book, pass around items in the different shapes mentioned in the books, so that kids can have a tactile, as well as visual, connection. You could also pair this with Hey, Pancakes! for a storytime about that wonderful breakfast food.

A quick Google or Pinterest search for “Circle Craft Kids” will give you a long list of extension crafts. Here are a few I found that I would love to try out. Try this circular moon crater craft from the Preschool Crafts for Kids blog. If you have a circle punch, try making a circle garland (Martha Stewart attaches the circles to thread, but I suggest using yarn or a ribbon because it’s easier for kids to handle). You could also use your circle punch to make a memory game with circle tiles instead of a square or rectangle cards. Use circular containers to paint circles on a page for a circle collage.


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