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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares
ISBN: 9780807565384
Author: Chernesky, Felicia Sanzari/ Swan, Susan (ILT)
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
Published: September 2013
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights—not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery—apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky! Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s sweet verses are perfectly complemented by Susan Swan’s gorgeous collage-inspired art.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Seasons
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Shape; Fiction.
Farm life; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2013005186
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 8.25" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Geography, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Felicia Sanzari Chernesky was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Parsippany, New Jersey. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, she is completing an MFA in Poetry with a focus in Versecraft at Western State Colorado University. A longtime editor, she lives in Flemington, New Jersey with her husband, kids, cat, and poetry volumes. This is her first book. Her website is www.feliciachernesky.com. Susan Swan is the illustrator of many books for children, including Volcano Rising, Out on the Prairie, and When Autumn Falls. She lives in Ovilla, Texas. Her website is www.susanswan.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
A trip to the pumpkin patch turns into a harvesting of another sort as a father and his children invite readers to look for shapes along the way. The rhyming text, though sometimes forced, is celebratory, and the (busy-looking) digitally enhanced collages burst with autumn colors and rich texture. A festive addition to a seasonal collection.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 June #4)

Chernesky debuts with an autumnal picture book that prompts readers to find shapes in a pumpkin patch as they accompany a visiting family. "Gather ovals! Squash and corn./ Speckled eggs nest in the barn," she writes as Swan deploys an array of patterns and textures—wood grain, filigree, photographs of hay—in a interior scene with plenty of ovoid eggs, prize ribbons, and corn kernels for kids to point out. Chicken wire hexagons, a triangular slice of apple pie, and scarecrows dressed in polka dots and plaid add to the homey, down-on-the-farm mood, and Chernesky's bubbly rhymes keep the story moving swiftly. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Susan Hawk, the Bent Agency. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

PreS-Gr 2—It's autumn and a father and his two children are off to the pumpkin patch. On their way, the youngsters notice all of the different shapes associated with fall: "On our hayride to the patch/while we bump along we'll match/different shapes to what we see./Will you harvest them with me?" The rhyme scheme flows smoothly and would be great fun as a read-aloud. The cut-paper collages are a standout, rich in texture, and with a vibrant seasonal palette. A wide variety of shapes is covered, including some unusual ones: "hexagons in honeycombs/and chicken wire where foxes roam." While there are many books about shapes and many about autumn and pumpkin picking, this effective combination of the two deserves a place on most shelves.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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