Since my last post dealt with a book by Grace Lin, I thought I'd do another post with a book that she illustrated that Hadley likes. This one is called Round as a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong, and was given to Hadley from my sister-in-law, Shani.
In the story, a little girl walks through her home and neighborhood and notices things that are shaped like circles, squares, and rectangles. The thing that I like about this book of shapes is that it not only reinforces the concept of shapes, but it introduces another culture to Hadley as well. For example, when we are reading about squares, we learn about a name chop, a wood or stone stamp carved with a person's Chinese name, something that Hadley found fascinating. At the same time, the little girl notices that her mobile phone is shaped like a rectangle.
I thought a fun project to do with this book would be to notice things in our home that are shaped like circles, squares, and rectangles. Actually, there are three points during the story where the little girl asks her readers where they might see these shapes in their homes. So we stopped at each point and when the girls looked around for shapes, I took pictures of what they noticed.
So we did this instead:
I had Hadley write the child's name at the top of the letter, and sign her name at the bottom, and then we sent them off in the mail.