Round Is a Pancake                                                            Back to booklist  

From The Publisher
So begins this book, which captures all the pageantry and excitement of a royal festival and is also a feast for the eyes. From cakes and cookies to coins and rings, round objects fill the castle to bursting during preparations for the king's big party. Children will delight in picking out the items mentioned in the catchy verses and in playing hunt-and-find as they locate other circular objects scattered throughout the playful scenes.
Illustrator Yu-Mei Han's splashy, luscious colors; brimming energy; and busy cast of characters provide boundless visual enjoyment in this merry concept book. There's more than enough fun and learning here to go round.

Parent Council Reviews
This wonderful, lyrical poem is about round-shaped objects found in a kingdom. Open and friendly writing with detailed illustrations makes it just right for the younger set. A great gift idea for any preschooler. 2001, Dutton Children's Books, Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This nicely designed concept book has a rhyming text with lots of bounce: "Round is a birds' nest,/round is a wheel./Round is a daisy/and a fisherman's reel." Han's brightly colored, whimsical paintings, which feature a king and queen and lots of happy-looking courtiers and villagers, evoke a sort of mythical Mother Goose kingdom. Printed in half circles and gentle curves, the bold text dances gracefully through the double-page spreads. In each scene, there is a lot of lively activity around and beyond the objects mentioned in the verse. There are also many opportunities to spot spheres, cylinders, and circles that exhibit the concept of roundness. This title will work as part of a preschool storytime,but will be enjoyed even more when shared one-on-one, giving listeners the time to examine the details of Han's happy world, where everything seems to spell fun.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

From Booklist
Ages 3-6. A glorious, faux-medieval fantasy town bursts with colors and shapes--mainly circles. As the town prepares a feast for the king, a simple rhyme lists round items, Everything from a doughnut to "cartwheels [jesters] spin through the crowd." Children can go from page to page finding the round objects listed, as well as others not mentioned. Even children already familiar with shapes will enjoy the sweet, humorous detailed drawings. As the day progresses, the colors on the page shift from vibrant oranges and reds to deep, soothing blues and purples. The illustrations help make this a book children will want to look at frequently. Marta Segal Copyright c American Library Association. All rights reserved

From The New York Times Bookshelf
Here are lots of jolly round things for toddlers to spot and label and laugh about: Lollipops, a bird¡¦s nest, wheels, pies, balls, coins and more. (Aug 12, 2001)

From Lori Plach
Round things are all around us. In this story, townspeople are preparing a feast for a king. A chef makes a pancake while a ester rings bells. As the jester does cartwheels, a lady with a platter of doughnuts falls down and a doughnut lands on the tip of her nose. The king and queen are getting ready for the feast, not realizing what is going on downstairs. The royal family delights in finding a birds nest. Other townspeople are picking daisies and one is fishing while still another buys a cake from a baker. All of the townspeople share in the festivities including sharing in a meal and a ride in a hot air balloon. Children will delight in finding the different items in the pictures as you read. Yu-Mei Han did an excellent job in illustrating a book with delightful, brightly colored pictures. Its humor and rhyming verses will keep the audience interested. Youngsters will learn that wherever you look you will see things that are round. This book provides a great story while making learning fun.

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