Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Marcie Colleen
Illustrator: Bob Shea
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
This is the story of three shapes learning about friendship. Circle is too square for two friends. Square gets bent out of shape when Circle angles for friendship with Triangle. Proving that even the best and longest of friends can have wedges driven between them and that friendships of three can be especially difficult to balance. It isn't until the squabbling stretches triangle beyond his limit that they realize the "pointlessness" of bickering. They come together to solve the problem and learn that they each have something to add to a group. They may even have room for more!
Just a great friendship tale with all the puns you might desire and all of them fully intended! Dot (Circle) and Speck (Square) are friends from the bassinet. Their differences enhance their friendship until something new in the form of a triangle steps in. This is of course an allegory about friendship and how new friends can throw old friendships into a frenzy of jealousy and loneliness. Is pairing off inevitable or is it possible for everyone to get along? The trials and travails of these three colorful friends teaches a lot about what is important and what is not; and how working together is the best. It is a deceptively simple story with a great deal of depth that warrants reading more than once. The bold primary colors complement the fundamental nature of this story and it's truth. A fun and funny read with lots of heart.