Perfect Square

Perfect Square

Book - 2011 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780061915130
Branch Call Number: E HAL
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,27 cm


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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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VaughanPLKelly Jun 11, 2018

This is the tale of a perfect square who changes into many different things one week. It's a very creative and inspiring book, with beautiful use of colour, the days of the week, and how you can find happiness through change. Highly recommended.

Jul 12, 2017

Kids were fascinated by this book, awesome.

Dec 02, 2014

This story starts with a square who is perfectly happy. Then he is cut into pieces and poked full of holes so this not so perfect square makes itself into a fountain. This goes on throughout the book. The square is pulled apart and it makes itself into new and creative shapes.

This is the kind of book that is more fun if you try the activity out after reading the story. Give your child squares of paper and challenge him/her to cut that square up and make it into new things. It's a great way to explore shapes and the ways shapes can change. This book is a perfect accompaniment to teaching shapes to preschool through 1st graders.

DaytonMuse May 07, 2013

My four-year-old has requested this one several times. She loves how a square can be so many different things. I love the artistry and how the main character changes by the end of the story. It seems like a simple picture book, but it's remarkably deep in the grand scheme.


There’s a quiet tone to this book. A steady storytelling. This is a book that taps into those older picture books of decades past. In short, it is the perfect combination of storytelling and good design because it never forgets to appeal to those most discerning of readers of all: children.

Mar 03, 2012

"Perfect Square"=perfect book. Hall's square is perfect on Monday, then gets holes punched in it...and is perfect again, transformed into something new (a fountain!). Then it gets torn...and is perfect again, and so on. A beautiful book about change and transformation and how there are no mistakes in art (and life?), just new opportunities to reimagine.

lms Feb 04, 2012

a square is morphed into other shapes and functions. On the Washington Post's best of 2011 list

Dec 10, 2011

A sweet little book about a square that everyday is asked to undergo a different transformation everyday. Except for Sunday, when nothing happens, causing the square to take on a unique transformation of their own.

This would be a great book for a teacher to have students come up with an additional transformation, linking art and writing.

Jul 22, 2011

This is a fun picture book for shared reading time, and also gave us a craft idea for yet another rainy summer day!

Jul 04, 2011

Good message about being flexible during adversity.

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Jul 12, 2017

canadiangirrl thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over


ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7


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We meet a square. Four sides. Four corners. Red at the outset. And we can see that the square is happy with its lot. In fact, it’s probably utterly unprepared on Monday when it finds that someone somewhere has cut it up and poked out a couple of holes. Without even pausing to think it over, the square uses these newfound shapes to become a fountain. On Tuesday the square finds itself utterly changed again. This time it’s orange and rather than holey and cut up, it’s now a series of torn scraps. So the square uses those scraps to become a lovely garden of bright orange blooms. This continues in this way until one day something happens to the square that it never could have expected. Something, in fact, that makes it entirely question the life it led before.


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