The first two pages explain that the red square of paper is perfect. It has four equal sides and corners that are alike. On the next two pages readers read---And it was perfectly happy. The red square is smiling.
As readers follow the red square through the days of the week beginning with Monday it changes shape and then color through no actions of its own but those of unseen hands, initially. Much like the quote, When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, our (see how I have taken ownership in the reading of this story) red, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, and then red again squares chooses to create objects, places or natural formations from those alterations.
It is on Sunday, finding itself red again and waiting, that the brilliant choice of the square is what binds all the weekly modifications together into a spectacular view of how parts can make a pleasing whole.
Michael Hall's book, Perfect Square, is perfect and readers will be perfectly happy reading it again and again. I can envision it now, readers of all ages will be heading to their craft boxes, craft cupboards or piles of colored paper to let their imaginations go where they may. For educators this, as does My Heart is Like a Zoo, offers numerous opportunities for combining writing with creative energy. Please follow this link to the publisher's website to view interior pages in this title. Enjoy using this Teaching Guide for several of Michael Hall's titles.