Today I want to share news about my client Felicia Chernesky’s first book: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. It was published in September and I’m so proud of this book and its author, Felicia!
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares is a concept picture book about shapes. The action takes place on a brisk fall day, with a family on its annual trip to the pumpkin patch. As they tour the farm, they find shapes everywhere – squares and circles of course, but diamonds and even hearts are featured. Perhaps my favorite feature of this book is that it uses simple, straightforward language to highlight the shapes, and conveys such a warm feeling – a celebration of family trips and rituals is folded into this book, and it’s a pleasure to read.
Here's a spread to enjoy:
It’s gotten great reviews too:
“Chicken wire hexagons, a triangular slice of apple pie, and scarecrows dressed in polka dots and plaid add to the homey, down-on-the-farm mood, and Chernesky’s bubbly rhymes keep the story moving swiftly.” – Publishers Weekly
“Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s rhyming text and Susan Swan’s harvest-hued collages depict a delightful excursion as the youngsters point out circles, square-shaped bales of hay, ovals, hexagons, and more. Filled with splashes of bright color and appealing textures, the artwork depicts lively action, engaging details, and additional shapes to find.” -- School Library Journal
Felicia has been a whirlwind of activity this fall, making appearances at farm stands, schools and bookstores, and there’s plenty planned for November! To see where Felicia will be next, check out her site, FeliciaChernesky.com or follow her on twitter at @FChernesky.
Stay tuned for more from Felicia. The follow up to Pick a Circle is Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting, which comes out Spring 2014. And Albert Whitman just bought her third concept book, Sap, Tap, Maple Syrup: Collecting Winter Colors, scheduled for Fall 2014!
You can buy a copy of Pick a Circle online at your local independent bookstore, or Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares
by Felicia Chernesky
illustrated by Susan Swan
Albert Whitman & Company