Perfect Square

by Michael Hall

Other authorsMichael Hall (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2011

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Greenwillow Books (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages


A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

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LibraryThing member Booklady123
One perfect square is transformed over and over into a variety of creative pictures: a fountain, a park, a garden, and a mountain to name just a few of the transformations.

I ran across this book on a recent blogger hop. It was my "find" of the day.

This simple, yet beautiful book offers readers
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glimpse at art and inspiration. It inspires creativity with just a few simple changes. Hall's brief text allows the illustrations to tell most of the story. I especially like how the square reinvents itself rather than being transformed by a person or some other outside force.

Our school does not have an art program. I've set one of my goals for next year to include library lessons that will introduce the students to a bit of art. This book will be an excellent resource for an art project for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Recommended for Preschool and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
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LibraryThing member rhigginbotham
This story is about a square who gets shattered, torn, and ripped. It changes the problem into something happy. Cute story to read to prek or kindergarten.
LibraryThing member debnance
A perfect square is transformed many times, but each time the square finds a way to find pleasure in its new shape. When it finally is left alone, it feels unhappy in its old confining shape and reshapes itself in a way that encompasses all the shapes it has been.

“On Tuesday,
the square was torn
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into scraps.

So it made itself into a garden.”

A lovely simple story about the power of creativity and the way to find happiness in times of difficulty.
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LibraryThing member Meg_Harrison
Beautifully thought out, this story turns on a story on its head! A shape becomes the narrator to his own journey in dealing with problems colorfully and creatively. There's a sense of magic as the square becomes many different things and adapts his colors to fit the picture.
LibraryThing member alyson
I love it! Lots of art lessons in elementary schools are going to come out of this. I'm tempted to cut up a few squares myself, but I'm not as clever as Michael Hall; so I will just enjoy his imagination.
LibraryThing member Caitlin_Rinner
This great picture book brings a smile to every readers face as they go through the pages. It offers many colorful pictures for the reader to enjoy! I would recommend it to younger readers.
LibraryThing member jbeliel10
Review: "Perfect Square" is a story that informs the reader about the many different ways that a square can be transformed to form many different images. Anywhere from mountains, to windows, to bridges, or gardens, the square can be seen in many aspects of our world.

Genre: Informational
LibraryThing member Sullywriter
The joy of versatility!
LibraryThing member JaimeScheidler
A square keeps getting transformed into different objects.
LibraryThing member dukefan86
This book started out as a 3-star, but made it up to 4 stars by the end, so I rounded up. I enjoyed the way the parts of the square turned into very creative things.
LibraryThing member molliewaugh
I liked certain parts of this book. At first I thought the book was dry and pointless but by the end, I was able to see how it would be a great book to use in the classroom. I also found it interesting and fascinating (it just didn’t hook me right off the bat ☺). The book showed how “a
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perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this book.” The book started out with just a perfect square. “But on Monday, the square was cut into pieces and poked full of holes. So it made itself into a fountain.” On Tuesday, “it was torn into scrapes.” Day-by-day, the square was transformed into something different. I loved the illustrations that went along with each page. It explicitly showed how if the square was broken up, how it could transform into many different things. Not only did the book teach geometry and shapes, I also felt as if it would also be great book to use when it came to reinforcing days of the week. The overall message of the book was to get students thinking about what different shapes could turn into. For example, that a square isn’t just a square but that a square can be transformed to many other beautiful things, also.
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LibraryThing member theCajunLibrarian
This simple book will show young readers how to look at something simple or old in a new, more complex and creative way.
LibraryThing member dluby17
This informative fiction book would be perfectly suited for the primary grades when learning geometry. It describes how a paper is ripped, shredded, and cut in order to make into different objects. The book does a god job in bringing realization to students about imagination and creativity. Nothing
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is as it seems at first glance and can be created into something beautiful. The book is set up so we follow it through its week days and watch what it turns into. Mountains, rivers, and parks were all created by one piece of paper transforming.
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LibraryThing member jenniferm14
This creative fictional books informs readers about the characteristics of a square and the opportunity squares hold. Perfect Square can be used to introduce math lessons and help students see squares in the real world.
LibraryThing member BethWal94
In this modern fantasy book, we are shown the different things that can be made out of a square. The difference is that it is coming from the squares perspective. The square was happy at first just being a square, with all four corners and sides confining it, but the next day, the squares were
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changed to a fountain, a garden, a park, a bridge, a river, and a mountain. Then, when nothing happened the next day, the square was sad that it was confined. So it made itself into a window in order to see all those other things that he had made.
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LibraryThing member Jcadd13
Perfect Square is a book about a simple square that changes colors and forms as the days go on. One day the square becomes a green park where another it becomes a purple mountain. This book is a modern fantasy.
LibraryThing member NatalieCJones
This book was very unique. It starts off with a square, and that square was happy just the way it was. The it got turned into different things, things that were very exciting and new. When it got turned back into a square, it felt unhappy and confined. SO it turned into a colorful window that could
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look out and see everything that it had become in previous experiences, and it was happy again. This book was fantasy, because it personifies a square.
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LibraryThing member jwyss
An imaginative book about what happens to a perfect square once ripped or cut into more pieces to make new images.
LibraryThing member jwyss
An imaginative book about what happens to a perfect square once ripped or cut into more pieces to make new images.
LibraryThing member sommerkirk
This realistic fiction book was about a square that could get cut, torn, hole punched, made into different shapes, etc. but always end up still being a perfect square. It was a realistic fiction because it wasn't a true story, however it is realistic that a square could do all of those things,
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however it's fiction because it can't do all of those things on its own. I liked the message behind this book, because it suggested that even though things kept happening to the square, it remained happy and it was still itself and made the most out of it's situation. This would be a great mentor text in math to teach students of area, or about shapes because it shows a consistency in both, and it's a very fun read. You could also do a lot of fun activities with this book such as an art project where each student is given a the same sized square and they then create something beautiful out of it. I would absolutely use this book in my classroom. Age appropriateness:
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Gorgeous.  Metaphor for just about any lesson we want to take from it, including riffs on square vs groovy, or on thinking outside the box, or on making lemonade from lemons.  I'd love to buy it as a gift, combined with a rainbow package of craft paper.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
A perfect square undergoes several transformations in this inventive story. When the square is just a square again, it feels that its sides and corners are confining, and transforms itself into a window through which it sees all the things it turned into before: mountain, river, bridge, park,
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garden, fountain. This concept book stretches the imagination and could support an easy craft tie-in activity.
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LibraryThing member jothebookgirl
You'll love the imaginative side of this book. The story starts out with a perfect red square that changes each day of the week as it is cut, shredded, shattered and crumpled. This poses no problem for the square, no, it just changes itself into something else with the pieces it is left with. When
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the week is over and there is no more crumpling, the square changes itself into something, that I won't reveal. This last change brings the whole story alltogether.

A good craft would be to cut some squares about 8 inches by 8 inches from constructioin paper or even wallpaper from books the sellers are always discarding. Have available scissors and glue sticks and computer type paper for students to glue their creation on. You might even suggest they use an idea that the perfect square in the book did not use. Also suggest they could cut or tear their perfect square.
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LibraryThing member steffsweet
A perfect square is cut up into pieces, and transforms himself into new, beautiful things like mountains and trees.


Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2014)
Georgia Children's Book Award (Finalist — Picturebook — 2013)
Monarch Award (Nominee — 2014)
Chickadee Award (Nominee — 2013)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2013)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2013)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — Primary — 2014)
Ladybug Picture Book Award (Nominee — 2012)




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