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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Round are tortillas and tacos, too Round is a bowl of abuela's stew. In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: Rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Chronicle Books (first published February 1st 2013)
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Amy Layton
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, friendly, fun book about the different shapes we see in our lives!  Not only does this book promote cultural awareness, but conceptual awareness as well.  It points out the different shapes within the pages, but also asks its readers to find shapes in their lives as well that match.  It's engaging, artistic, and overall quite a great read!

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Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Explore shapes with two young members of a Mexican-American family. The book begins with circles as they are seen in nests, bells, and food. Readers will also get to find squares, rectangles, triangles, ovals, and stars. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the book and engagingly explained within the context. There is also a glossary at the end of the book to help. This is an engaging look at shapes with a charming Mexican vibe.

Done in rhyming couplets, the book has a strong lilting rhythm an
Kelly Timian
• This book features scenes familiar to children—park, kitchen, a baseball game. It is written in a rhyming mixture of English and Spanish and helps children realize that if you look closely enough, you will see that shapes that are all around us!

• This book has the characteristics of a picture book because each page has large colorful pictures with three to four lines of text. The language is simple enough so that it tells the story.

• This book is a great tool for teaching kids two content area
Nov 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Poetically, readers interact with culture and learn foundational shapes. Even though the book is beautifully illustrated and carries a joyful tone, visualizing the shapes could be challenging since the pictures are overstimulating with over-emphasis on details. However, with a well-executed read-aloud, pointing out the shapes, and discussing the images, teachers/parents could accomplish the job. My favorite aspect of the book is that young children will understand the culture and the core of wha ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: concept, bilingual
If you have read Round Is A Mooncake and loved seeing how Chinese culture was effortlessly tied into a study of shapes, then this book is for you! Round Is A Tortilla names common shapes in the world and ties them in to things in Latino culture. The rhyming words paired with the vibrantly colored pictures make the story feel upbeat and lighted hearted. This would be an exciting read aloud for younger students that could easily be used in math or social studies! It could also be a great mentor te ...more
Valerie Doherty
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent, delightful way to discuss shapes in the world around us. It includes a dictionary of some Spanish words too. Perfect way to expose young readers to Spanish.
Bookworm's Nemesis
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural

Book: Round is a Tortilla; A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong published by Chronicle Books in 2013. This is a multi-cultural picture book with the main purpose of teaching shapes. The book uses rhymes with Spanish words and bold illustrations to support the text. Young readers will learn about shapes, learn some Spanish words and also learn about the Hispanic culture.

Reflection: Text to Self
Honestly I picked this book out because of the word Tortilla in the title. I think I was truly starving as
Morgan Gerard
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Multicultural Picture Book: Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
2014 Americas Award Honored Title

This is a phenomenal book for young readers because it is teaching them all about shapes but from a multicultural aspect. It is pretty safe to say that when we all learned our shapes it was a circle looks like a ball, etc. but in this book it uses objects that are not only fun but are treasured to certain cultures. My absolute favorite thing about the book is that it incorporates spanish into almo
Vamos a Leer
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is a children’s picture book that teaches about food and shapes featuring Hispanic objects.

Aimed towards younger children, the book is a light read (only 2-4 lines per page). Even so, it encourages readers to further engage by searching out shapes in the illustrations and answering questions like in the following passage, “I find ovals at the store,/huevos, olives, beans galore./Can you name a couple more?” This interactive engag
Paige Joerger
This is the second multicultural picture book I chose.

Text-to-text connection: This book goes really well with its sister book, "Green is a Chile Pepper", by the same author- Roseanne Greenfield Thong. Both are primary books that I believe would be great for pre-school and kindergarten who are learning their shapes and colors. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant and make the books even more appealing and fun to read. The glossary at the end is a great tool as well for kids to learn n
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Creative and engaging!
Kristen Carson
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Information:
The genre of this book is multicultural. The reading level of this book is ages three-five.
This book is a rhyming book that gives common Spanish words for shapes. Some shapes used in the book are square, circle, oval, and triangle. It teaches children common objects in both English and Spanish. This book would be great for teaching a classroom that was multicultural. Also, the only negative thing I found with this book is that some of the Spanish words could be too diffi
Sara Stelmach
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“Round is a Tortilla” by Roseanne Thong is a Latino multicultural book. This book uses the repetition of sentences starting with a shape like round or square in order to introduce things from the Latino cultural. For example, one page states “ Round are campanas that chime and ring” and their is a depiction of a bell. This way it can use Spanish words and the reader can infer what they mean. Another example is one page state's ‘Square are ventanas that give a view” with a drawing of a window. Th
Cindy Hudson
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Round Is a Tortilla is a picture book that helps kids learn shapes as well as a few words in Spanish. Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, the story follows two Latino children as they dance, cook, play games, read and enjoy other activities in the world around them. They see shapes in normal, everyday things like the round moon, a square fountain, rectangular flags, triangle-shaped slices of watermelon, and oval pebbles.

John Parra’s illustrations include many other objects in the featured shap
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes is a children's picture book about different types of shapes and incorporates Latino culture and the Spanish language into the text as well. It is engaging and informative. On each page there is at least one Spanish noun that reflects the shape being described. There is a glossary section in the back where students can learn Spanish vocabulary, but the pictures in the text give the students clues as to what the words might mean in English. This will help the ...more
Brandi Balzer
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Round is a Tortilla is a book about shapes. It follows the lives of two young Mexican-American children as they go to baseball games, parks and other familiar places. At each place they go shapes are pointed out all around them. This story is told in rhyming prose using both English and Spanish words. The illustrations are big and bright and help to highlight both the shapes and some important aspects about the Mexican culture. There is also a glossary in the back given a definition to the Spani ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This unique book talks about many different shapes (triangles, squares, circles, etc.) all while telling a story. This book also includes many different Spanish words, helping the readers to learn new words while learning about shapes.

The illustrations in this book are extremely detailed and there is a lot of complexity within them. They are drawn first and then are painted, all with the same sort of colors like oranges and reds. There was a lot to look at with the illustrations and often times
Leigh Chickering
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
Round is a Tortilla is a book about shapes. It talks about round (circle), square, rectangles, and triangles while going through a Spanish culture and using some Spanish vocabulary.

I loved reading this book because I think it has so much to offer in the classroom! The illustrations fit the book perfectly and they also really helped tell the story and decipher the Spanish vocabulary words.

This book could be used for so many things for so many different ages. It teaches shapes to younger children,
Erica Massarelli
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Round Is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong is a multicultural book, intended to not only teach children words in Spanish and English, but also to teach about shapes and rhyming. This book is a wonderful book for younger students who are learning their shapes and starting to recognize rhyme schemes. Through the pages, Thong did a beautiful job using popular places and items to immerse students into the Mexican culture. The illustrations are beautiful and include many familiar things to kids. I can ima ...more
Emilia P
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The art in this book is awesome! I wanted to look into every corner of every picture and find every shape and cultural reference I could identify and learn a little more about them. It is also kind of helpful for me since I'm going to Mexican-culture-heavy Texas really soon! So I want to get more in tune with the resources for bilingual and bicultural learning. The text is just a little bit bumpy, squeezing in Spanish words, sometimes glaringly but mostly smoothly -- and with a glossary at the e ...more
Jim Erekson
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Parra's folk-style illustrations were fun to look at. I am still thinking about the pages where he did a bird's eye view of a town square and park. but the pictures did not salvage the experience of the book.
There was no reason this book needed to rhyme. Many of the rhymes felt forced and distracted from the presentation of everyday culture through the lens of a shapes concept. Also, the fact that Thong started with 'round' instead of 'circle' made me expect to read about more generalized shape
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-selection
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was a really cute book and I like the flow of the book. I like that it rhymed a lot and I like how the objects that was talked about in the book were in spanish. Also it's a good book for students to understand shapes better and to also look at the picture to see if they can find all the shapes that are being talked about in the book. The last thing i really liked about the book was that at the end of the story it had a glossary and all the words ...more
Belma Sarajlic
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
“This is my second Multicultural book.”
Round is a Tortilla: A book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong is a wonderful book for younger children. This book teaches children shapes using objects that are found in Hispanic culture. Roseanne Thong ensured that our kiddos think deeper about shapes of objects at the same time as thinking about things they encounter in their household. I think this is a great way to teach children new things at the same time as making them aware of those things that they have
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this concept book, because it's not just for young children. Ostensibly a book of shapes, it shares with so many words and ideas from Hispanic culture. The author has included so much information about the Spanish language, food, and leisure activities that I learned quite a bit from this book.

John Parra's illustrations are so colorful and rich. I just want to climb into each picture and hang around eating and enjoying the fun.

There is a glossary at the end to explain each term
Although I love the cultural flavor this concept book has in its text sprinkled with Spanish terms and its colorful, movement-filled paint illustrations, some pages try to do too much and may confuse young readers since there are so many shapes to identify. Readers learn to identify various objects that are round, square, rectangles, triangles, and ovals. Most of the rhyming lines are fun to read aloud although some are a bit clunky. The last two pages are filled with several shapes for readers ...more
Kendra Loch
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully painted picture book goes through six different shapes and incorporates Latino culture into the book by having some of the objects be mainly from their culture. The book is embedded with spanish words and in the back of the book there is a glossary for these words.

This would be a wonderful book to bring into the classroom to introduce Latino culture and incorporate the learning of some spanish words. The illustrations represent the colorful culture and capture the readers eye.
Erin Bliss
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tells all about shapes of different items. It has many colorful illustrations, and spanish words to go along with it. It also includes a glossary in the back which would be so helpful for kids. I loved the way this book is set up. YOu can teach so many things with this. Spanish, how to look things up in a glossary, pictures, shapes, meanings of words, and the list goes on! This is definitely an all ages friendly book. It will work, and be fun for multiple grade levels! I would do liter ...more
Kaiana B
This book uses common items particularly in Mexican culture and relates them to shapes. Some of the words are left in Spanish and a glossary is included in the back to help translate the words. As a future bilingual teacher, this book is exciting to me. It could be used in early elementary classrooms to help with shape recognition and being able to see shapes out of context and in the world around us. The illustrations are done in paint.
Thong, R. G., & Parra, J. (2015). Round is a tortilla: a bo
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Age: 1 years - preschool

Thong uses a rolling rhythm as she explores the shapes in our lives. Its uniqueness comes from the smattering of Spanish words throughout and the focus on a Latino lifestyle and the shapes existing within that culture. Thong occasionally asks the reader to find the shapes and objects described in the images that are full of noticeable shape examples. A simple subject such as shapes could easily be trashed but Thong pulls it off with class.
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