The Story Circle / El circulo de cuentos by Diane Gonzales Betrand

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Bertrand’s commendable message—that the story resides within—is derailed by the uneven art and the slight, didactic narrative that, like the children’s efforts, suffers from too little plot. This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended.
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Monster storms closed the school for three days. "Carpets bubbled with mud. Green slime swallowed books." And when the children returned, the new bookshelves in the classroom were empty. "What will we do for story circle?" they ask.

With the kids sitting around her on the new rug, the teacher tells a story about a boy who loved to fly. Afterwards, she asks them what pictures they imagined. Each one sees something different: wings like yellow sunbeams, a pond that looks like a green button and cloud horses running in the blue sky. Soon, all the children are excitedly raising their hands to tell their own stories.

Acclaimed children's book author Diane Gonzales Bertrand returns with another charming book about the joys of telling stories and using one's imagination. The short text combined with fanciful illustrations will spark conversations with children and spur them to write and illustrate their own stories.
 

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Lisa Fields was always encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She received a BFA in illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 2006. The illustrator of several children's books, her work has appeared in Boys' Life and Highlights magazines. Fields lives in New York City where she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Lisa Fields was always encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She received a BFA in illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 2006. The illustrator of several children's books, her work has appeared in Boys' Life and Highlights magazines. Fields lives in New York City where she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
 
Published May 30, 2016 by Pinata Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.
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Below average
on Feb 17 2016

Bertrand’s commendable message—that the story resides within—is derailed by the uneven art and the slight, didactic narrative that, like the children’s efforts, suffers from too little plot. This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended.

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