HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Circle and Square
Author and Illustrator: Sally O. Lee
Publisher: Sally Lee Books, 2013
Related website: http://www.sallyleebooks.com (author/publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Lee, Sally O. Circle and Square (published in 2013 by Sally Lee Books, 35 Locust St., Unit 5, Danvers, MA 01923). If you were a circle, what questions might you ask a square? In this simple story, a circle and a square see that they are different. The circle asks the square if he is still a square when bouncing a ball, or dressing a doll, or wearing spots, stripes, or sunglasses, or when dressing up as a ghost, or taking a bath, or even brushing teeth. What do you think the square says?
All of us, both adults and children, come across people who are different from us, and we wonder, “Why are we different?” The circle and the square learn to accept and embrace each other for their differences. Sally O. Lee’s easy-to-understand text and illustrations rendered in watercolor and pen and ink combine to teach children about dealing with differences and accepting others for who they are. Also, the book makes a good bedtime story, especially for youngsters who are learning their shapes.