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Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger?

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  45 reviews
On the first two-page spread of this deceptively simple picture book, the text asks, “Which one is round?” There are two straightforward drawings showing the choices: an apple or an armadillo. For the child who understands what round means, that's an easy one --- the apple is round. Until you turn to the next spread. There you'll see that the same question is asked, “Which ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Kids Can Press
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Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great storytime book to get the kids interacting with the story. I've gotten nothing but good responses to this book with the three groups I've read it to. ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book about thinking outside the box. Great for little kids as a read aloud or for first graders looking for conceptual math books that are also easy readers!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A concept book which plays with the idea of whether qualities are permanent or temporary. Versatile for use with children of different ages-- toddlers and older will be better able to talk about why the various qualities are changing throughout the book whereas babies will like the bold pictures and may be able to name the different animals or fruits pictured.

Themes: Opposites
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Which is Round, Which is Bigger by Mineko Mamada is a playful picture that works with the concepts of size and shape. It seems like a simple idea, but this book gives comparisons that are unexpected and will make readers of all ages stop and look a little closer, and think a little differently. For example; which is red, and apple or a watermelon. The answer seems obvious until each of the fruits is cut open and offers a new perspective.

Which is Round, Which is Bigger looks like an average pictu
Jennifer Heise
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beekman, math
This was GREAT! I think it's directed at toddlers/preschoolers-- with a limited number of pages and simple text it would be a great group read-aloud. But my five year old loved it and giggled like mad. I like the comparison part, and he loved the change-over-- on the first spread for each, it's obvious which is round, bigger, red, etc, but when you flip the page, on the next spread, with the same objects, something has changed and their reversed. I've categorized it as 'math' because comparison ...more
A clever and lovely concept book, with charming illustrations!

Each page contains a single colorful and beautifully composed picture, sometimes with no words and sometimes with a simple question (or two), followed by "What do you think?" And the book is genuinely thought-provoking!

To take an example, the first pages ask "Which one is round?" Under the question sits a lovely red apple, and on the opposite page stands an armadillo. But on the next pages, the apple has been eaten down to the core, a
Such a simple premise, then a twist in perspective makes for a really fun book.

Which one is round?

pic of apple & armadillo

next page: apple core & armadillo rolled up into a ball

-- things are not always what they seem

Lots of white space, simple style of illustration, and fun/mischeivous/puzzled faces of the animals are very appealing

First published in Japan in 2010, English translation copyright Kids Can Press (no name listed); English edition edited by Yvette Ghione.
Author is from Japan, with s
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This wonderful picture book teaches important concepts in a way easy for small children to understand. The simple text make it a great choice for interacting with toddlers or for beginning readers to explore on their own. The first spread shows and apple and an armadillo, it asks, "Which is round?" This might seem like an easy and obvious answer, until you turn the page where the apple has been eaten to the core and the armadillo is curled up. This idea carries throughout the book with different ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Which is round, an apple or anteater? The reader is expected to think it’s an apple, until turning the page and seeing the apple is just a core now, and the anteater has rolled into a tiny ball. Many of these kid-appropriate brainteasers are posed one after another, incorporating various basic shapes, animals, colors and foods to gently build the visual vocabulary while learning things aren’t always as they seem. Good read aloud for PreKindergarten classes, and a funny book to check out for prim ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Which is round, an apple, or a pangolin? Well, an apple, right? Unless you've eaten all but the core, and the pangolin has curled into a ball of protection. Which is bigger, a goose or a peacock? A goose, of course, until the peacock unfurls his massive fan of a tail!

And there is the gist of this book. You think the answer is obvious, then you turn the page and it's switched. I read this to a group of first graders, and they liked it all right. I think it would be more effective with PreK or Kin
Kathleen Dixon
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
James (aged 6 years and 8 months) was feigning disinterest, but really he enjoyed this just as much as his youngest sister Ivy did. And Zenobia, who is having her last ever sleep as a 4-year-old, loved it! The book is simple - we need to decide which is round, the apple or the armadillo. One page, one item, four words.

Next page: one page - an apple core; the next page - an armadillo curled up into a ball. The same four words ("Which is round?") and the "What do you think?" Lovely! Great pictures
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very cute book that shows how things are not always as they seem. When asked which one is faster? when shown a dog or a snail one would usually say the dog is faster. However, when the snail rolls down a hill and the dog walks, which is faster now? This book is filled with these comparisons. I would imagine primary grades would like this book. It would make a good read aloud when discussing measurements.

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Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What a delightful little book! I can hear the giggles at story time as we try to predict which is round or which is bigger and talk about why we've made the predictions we have. Then comes the reveal as the page is turned and the next spread provides a completely different look at the same things. The illustrations are clear and simple. Unfortunately some questionable gutter crossing may keep this off the Caldecott list but it shouldn't keep it off your bookshelf. ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book that really challenges its readers to think! Each spread presents two things and asks a question such as "Which one is round?" The following spread asks the same question again, but something about the two things presented has changed which changes the readers answer and asks a follow up question that encourages the reader to explain what they based their decision on (i.e. evidence).

Questions asked relate to concepts such as size, shape, color etc. PreK-2.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
At first glance there is really no comparison between the two objects shown on facing pages. Of course an apple is rounder than an armadillo. Or is it? Maybe not, if the armadillo is curled up in a ball and the apple has been munched on. The six pairings are perfect, allowing readers to notice more details and counter some assumptions, encourage critical thinking and expand perspectives.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture_books
Playful illustrations and simple text invite readers to compare a set of objects--but a page-turn reveals very different aspects of the objects, challenging readers to think critically and build their observation skills. This is a clever, delightful, and welcome new twist on the standard concept book.
This book is awesome for very young children who are learning about comparisons between things. The book changes the way we look at each object so that in different instances they can all be the characteristics that are being described. The pictures are great and the text is short—good for read aloud and dialogic reading!
Mary Anne
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This sweet little picture book asks simple questions. Readers are asked to compare and apple and an armadillo and tell us which is round. But on the next page, someone has eaten the apple, all that is left is the core and the armadillo has curled up for a nap. Now which one is round? "What do you think?"
"This deceptively simple concept book prompts the reader to compare pairs of objects and then choose which one has a particular attribute. At first the answer seems obvious ? until the page is turned to reveal a delightful twist! The thoughtful format and witty illustrations give away the answer to the question, Which is a hit book?" - Amazon ...more
This deceptively simple concept book prompts the reader to compare pairs of objects and then choose which one has a particular attribute. At first the answer seems obvious until the page is turned to reveal a delightful twist.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aaliyah was able to answer every question correctly though she challenged the answer to the page with the apple that showed the red trim of the apple/the inside of the watermelon. Aaliyah said, "They are both red!" She's actually right, but anyways it was a trick question. :) ...more
Edward Sullivan
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Japanese import and a delightfully witty concept book.
Looking forward to sharing this surprising concept book with my younger readers. I can hear their squeals of delight already.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This would be perfect for discussing concepts to ST kids. They're tricky, but not overly so. It'll make the kids think. ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book makes readers truly think outside the box. They come to realize that things aren't always what they seem or look like on the outside! ...more
Fun. Can be usable for storytime.
Marissa Elera
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: concepts, size
I love this for concept storytimes! The illustrations are rather darling, too.
Amanda B
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great for story time, perfect for ages 3-4. Sure to spark discussion and participation with children.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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