February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Friendshape | SLJ DVD Review

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.

redstarFriendshape. 7 min. Weston Woods. 2017. $59.95. ISBN 9781338184501. POP

PreS-Gr 1 –Never have circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles had such personality! Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld’s picture book has become a fully animated, joyfully scored video. Rosenthal narrates, but children voice the shapes, who bounce and wiggle adorably when they laugh. Their outlines give and bend, suggesting a wide range of movement, and their simple facial features move expressively. They wrinkle when they have a disagreement and straighten when it’s over. In fact, the shapes never stop moving, and sound effects and upbeat whistling and woodwind music enhance the action. This production makes a charming title sparkle with life. It’s heartwarming when the shapes form the word love and humorous when, as the credits roll, the shapes make amusing comments. Even parents will chuckle when Michael Bacon is credited for his music and one of the shapes says, “We’re only two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon!” VERDICT This excellent production is a must-purchase for public and school libraries and preschool classrooms.–Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH

This review was published in the School Library Journal July 2017 issue.

Share
Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA

Do you want to ensure that your library’s collections are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and well-read?

Do you want to become a more culturally literate librarian and a more effective advocate for your community?

We've developed a foundational online course—with live sessions on February 28 & March 14—that will explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections.
Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind

*