Monday, June 27, 2011

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Thank you to all those who participate in #bookaday on twitter. I am finding so many fabulous books based on your recommendations.

Including the subject of today's post...

Perfect Squareby Michael Hall

What It's About:
Perfect Square is a square (piece of paper) happy as is, who gets torn, cut, pinked, crumpled, but each time turns into something interesting and wonderful because of it.

What I Love: 
 I love happy accidents. So often students are focused on making things look "right" or perfect and get frustrated when they "ruin" something. Sometimes it's the unexpected turns that make all the difference. Each day Perfect Square is somehow made "unperfect" - and each day it creatively turns itself into something new and different. On the day the the Square gets crumpled and ripped, it turns itself into a mountain..

My Favorite Part:
On the last day, nothing happens to square. It waits and waits. So instead of waiting any longer for something else to change it, it changes itself.

Other Connections:
This book made me think of the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Martin and Carle. I see many connections with artistic style and pattern to the story. My kindergartners study Eric Carle during the year. It will be fun to see what they think.

Other fabulous titles to read along with Perfect Square: 
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg

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