|Trapezoid is not a dinosaur!|
Author: Morris, Suzanne
When Trapezoid auditions for the Shapes in Space play, Triangle, Star, and all the other shapes insist that he sounds like some kind of dinosaur and certainly does not fit in with them--but Trapezoid is determined to reveal his shape properties, and prove his usefulness.
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 K-Gr 2—All the shapes are putting on a play. Circle will be the moon, Triangle will be a rocket, and Star will be a…um, star. But how can Trapezoid help?? Trapezoids are dinosaurs, right?? On its surface, this is a simple story about accepting others for their differences. But it's greatest potential is for a STEAM-powered storytime, as each shape describes how they are different, using terms like parallel lines and right angles. There are also a ton of shape puns, which may be corny, but actually require an advanced understanding of each shape to comprehend, which create further opportunities for discussion. An author's note asks some great critical thinking questions about each shape, making it an overall great resource. Artwork is simple and light, and reflects the intended audience. Interestingly, the shapes often stand on a pedestal that's shaped like a trapezoid, which is a clever touch, and shows the potential of the titular character in the real world. VERDICT This title is ideal for curricular support. A solid addition for most collections.—Peter Blenski, Hartland Public Library, WI - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.