Circle Under Berry

by Carter Higgins (Author)

Circle Under Berry
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Part Sandra Boynton, part Each Peach Pear Plum; part Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, part Hippopposites—a treat for the brain and the tongue.

With an elegant and simple approach, this thought-provoking concept book shows young readers that everything in the world can be seen from infinite perspectives.

Each page compares colors, shapes, and objects in relation to each other. A triangle that is over a square is also under a circle. A circle that is pink also might be a flower.

The artful, playful combinations of simple concepts and Higgins's rhythmic writing and expert arrangement of objects on the page make this book a perfect read-aloud, capable of entertaining, educating, and challenging readers in equal measure.

There are multiple ways to read the book, allowing it to work for several ages and reading levels at once. The educational value and sheer fun packed into this book's language and visual design will make it a huge hit with educators and librarians, new parents, and creative kids who are visual learners.

This striking, delightfully different exploration of shape, color, and patterns redefines what a picture book can be. Read it once, read it ten times. See something new every time.
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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
[V]isually striking. . . carefully assembled. . . [and] inspired by an Eric Carle aesthetic. . . [Circle Under Berry] possesses a pleasing rhythm and subtle rhymes, positively begging to be read aloud: 'circle next to berry / square by bear by sweet // blue up high / pig down low / yellow in between.' Satisfying, engaging, and sure to entertain the toddlers at whom it is aimed.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Using hand-painted paper to create brilliantly hued, shape-based forms that appear against a clean white backdrop, Higgins (Bikes for Sale) economically examines ways to observe color, shape, pattern, and position. On the opening spread, two true statements describe a berry's position relative to a shape. On the spread's verso, the berry of the title--a red diamond with a green stem--is suspended precisely above a yellow circle. On the recto, a second berry appears over a green square. "Circle under berry," the first line reads; "berry over square," states the second. A page turn builds on the concept, presenting four objects stacked in a vertical line and words that convey both position and differing elements (shape, color, or object) of each--"circle over berry/ under orange/ over square." Soon, the elements begin to vary between shapes, colors, and animals (a frog, a guppy, a pig), drawing readers' attention while achieving real grace as the items resolve into origami-like forms. Via "a stack of shapes" that "can make you think/ and wonder what you see," Higgins offers seeds of conversations about naming and classification. Ages 2-4. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Ruben Pfeffer Content. (Sept.)

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Review quotes

Carter Higgins
Carter Higgins is an elementary school librarian and the author of Everything You Need for a Treehouse and This Is Not a Valentine. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Wolfie the Bunny, among many other beloved books for kids. He lives and works in Narberth, Pennsylvania.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
September 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Pattern perception
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Selection 2022

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