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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Round

Round

by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Taeeun Yoo

32 pages; ages 4-7

HMH books for young readers, 2017

I love round things. I like to feel their smoothness. My hands want to reach around their curves.

Through the pages of this book a young girl explores things that are round in nature: seeds, eggs, berries… Round things spread. Round things roll.

What I like about this book: The diversity of round things! And the encouragement to look closer at the world around us. Also the reminder that some things that are round now were once jagged (like hills), and that some round things are ephemeral. And that some round things aren’t round all the time.

There is also Back Matter! You know how I like books with Back Matter! Why are so many things in nature round? Joyce Sidman gives a few reasons including: round shapes distribute weight, round helps spread seeds or spores, and round things roll – which helps with distribution.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for some Beyond the Book activities on Round Things.

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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