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Tadeo's Search for Circles

by Marion Brooker
illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

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edition:Hardcover
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published: 2011
ISBN:9781554551736
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Tadeo’s Search for Circles

From his home in Central America, Tadeo hunts for the perfect circle but bubblegum rings pop, sandcastles wash away and even goodnight yawns aren’t exact. At bedtime, with circles still on his mind, Tadeo embarks on a magical journey. Elegant giraffes in Africa, minarets and bazaars in Istanbul, the London Eye and Arctic bears all offer possibilities. Only after skimming home across wondrous scenes and finally falling into the safety of his mother’s arms does Tadeo recognize his perfect circle.

Combining the pragmatic with the illusory, this gentle read will engage children as both onlooker and participant. The poetic text is rich and imaginative, creating a satisfying bedtime story with a wise and comforting message that both preschool and primary age children will enjoy, each finding different aspects to intrigue them.

The pleasing text is beautifully complemented by Kyrsten Brooker’s artwork, a combination of collage and oil in sumptuous colours. Double-page spreads convey the vastness of Tadeo’s journey, whimsical details keep the reader hunting for intriguing minutiae and world map endpapers offer subject matter for discussion.

Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award, this book is an attractive and enticing read-aloud that should be popular with both children and adults.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

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A young boy's search for the perfect circle takes him on a fantastical journey around the world-only to discover perfection in his own home.

Tadeo's dream-like journey around the world in search of the perfect circle" takes him from his home in South America to the Turkish bazaar in Istanbul, the African savannah, the bright lights of London, and the snowy Arctic.

Richly textured illustrations combined with imaginative, poetic text create a gentle bedtime story about the wide world around us and the comforting familiarity of home."

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Marion Brooker
has spent many years writing dramas, historical, and human interest stories for educational radio for Grades 1-12. She is the author of Thin Ice and Noreen and the Amazing No-Good Horse. Marion lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband, happily surrounded by family, grandchildren, and their pets.

Kyrsten Brooker
has illustrated numerous award-winning and well-reviewed children's titles, including Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, and The Prince Won't Go To Bed.

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Marion Brooker

Marion Brooker has spent many years writing dramas, historical, and human interest stories for educational radio for Grades 1-12. She is the author of Thin Ice and Noreen and the Amazing No-Good Horse. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband, happily surrounded by family, grandchildren, and their pets.
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Kyrsten Brooker

Kyrsten Brooker studied illustration at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and began her career illustrating for magazines and newspapers. She has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. She lives with her husband, two sons and dog in Alberta, Canada.

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