Round – Jennifer Ward, illustrations by Lisa Congdon

 Round – Jennifer Ward, illustrations by Lisa Congdon, Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 9781534431195, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This book will have children (and probably adults too!) looking at nature in a new light. This beautifully illustrated book features the many things in nature that are round. This includes the smallest of black dots on a ladybug to the largest planets in our solar system. The rhythmic text gently takes the reader through all the seasons in nature including blue robin’s eggs in a round nest to a fox curled in a circle in the snow. The text is very simple, sometimes only two words on a page, but the story is also in the illustrations. Children can carefully look at each page to see the round shapes found in nature.

The illustrations really “pop” in this story–green frogs on green lily pads rest on a pale blue pond, white dots are on the brown fur of a young deer, and a round full moon glows in the pitch black sky. I absolutely loved the illustrations in this book!

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? The text is very simple, so I would recommend this book to children under the age of four years old. It would be a great book to read just before going outside and finding your own round objects in nature.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children under the age of four years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this would be a great book for a storytime program about nature, and as mentioned before, could lead to a nature walk to find more round objects in nature.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: November 15, 2020

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