FICTION

A Trapezoid Is Not a Dinosaur!

Charlesbridge. Nov. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580898836; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781580895804.
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K-Gr 2–All the shapes are putting on a play. Circle will be the moon, Triangle will be a rocket, and Star will be a…um, star. But how can Trapezoid help?? Trapezoids are dinosaurs, right?? On its surface, this is a simple story about accepting others for their differences. But it’s greatest potential is for a STEAM-powered storytime, as each shape describes how they are different, using terms like parallel lines and right angles. There are also a ton of shape puns, which may be corny, but actually require an advanced understanding of each shape to comprehend, which create further opportunities for discussion. An author’s note asks some great critical thinking questions about each shape, making it an overall great resource. Artwork is simple and light, and reflects the intended audience. Interestingly, the shapes often stand on a pedestal that’s shaped like a trapezoid, which is a clever touch, and shows the potential of the titular character in the real world.
VERDICT This title is ideal for curricular support. A solid addition for most collections.

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