Author/Illustrator: Michael Hall
Interest Level: Ages 4 and Up
From the Book Jacket: A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this square book.
Why It's On My Bookshelf: I love to look at a new book and find the secret little bibliotherapy message in it. Perfect Square is AWESOME. Each day something happens to the square. It's cut in pieces, torn in scraps, shredded to strips, and shattered. But when these things happen, it transforms itself into something beautiful like a fountain, a garden, or a park. Here's some example pages below:
On Saturday, the square was crumpled and ripped and wrinkled.
So it made itself into a mountain.
So what's my message to the kids going to be? Self-esteem! If something gets you down....you can turn it around. You can make lemonade out of lemons! This really feels like an empowerment story. It's also a great way to teach optimism. I even think there might be a lesson on bullying in this one. A lesson on how not to let bully words and behavior bring you down - find a way to keep yourself built up. Gonna have fun with this one!
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