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Square

Title: Square
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books (2018)
ISBN: 9781406378658
Age: 3+
 
Series: Triangle (1); Square (2); Circle (2019)
 
In a sequel to Triangle, Square spends his time pushing square-shaped blocks up a hill. “This is his work.” His friend Circle floats by and instead of a pile of rocks she sees an art sculpture. “Square! You are a genius! I did not know you were a sculptor!” After explaining what a sculptor does, she requests Square make a sculpture of herself. Square picks out a block and pulls out a hammer and chisel. “I have to make this block look like Circle… Circle is perfect. So I must make this perfect.” Tentatively, he chips away at the rock. He works hard all night, through a rainstorm, to create something special for Circle. In the morning the original block is in fragments, none of them circle looking. Square feels he has failed Circle and lies down in a puddle with a sense of failure. But Circle is charmed by Square’s creation. “It is perfect… You are a genius.” Circle floats off leaving Square confused.

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