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Perfect Square by Michael  Hall
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Jun 01, 11

bookshelves: picture-books

This is the sort of book the snobs much-hipper-than-me librarians will pass by at the Caldecott. Hell,I could give you a long long list of innovative, creative, KID FRIENDLY author/illustrators who are never at the most more than the bridesmaids at these things. And it's a pity, because this is just the sort of smart, creative, KID FRIENDLY sort of book that they SHOULD recognize.

A simple square. But if you tear it into triangles, and punch holes in the triangles, it can become a "fountain that babbled and giggled and clapped". Snip it into ribbons? It's a river. Etc, etc, until the square, left as a square finds its squareness "confining" "cramped and rigid", and finds a way to express itself.

Michael Hall's My Heart Is A Zoo was a labor of love, a work of creativity with inspiration for crafty adults and children AND a story that appealed to my wiggly crews of toddlers and preschoolers. And with this book he has repeated the feat. I'm looking forward to his next work and crossing my fingers that the Caldecott types recognize his talent. But I'm not holding my breath on that one....
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