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Dear Friends,

We live in a world where we are usually searching for the one right answer: Things are black and white. A square is a square. So placing ourselves in a situation where there is no one right answer can often muddle the brain. Our palms may sweat. We might even get the shakes. An we may still feel that there has to be one right answer.

So exercising the brain in a manner that is open-ended, while challenging, can also be a freeing experience. The Perfect Square intrigues readers to see the limitless possibilities of a square. So join in the fun, and try transforming a square of your own. Don't be surprised if this is easier for your young reader than you!

Perfect Square

Michael Hall

What happens when a “perfectly happy” perfect red square gets cut into pieces, poked full of holes, torn, crumpled, and shredded? It turns into a fountain, a garden, a park, a mountain, and other equally perfect and creative transformations.

Perfect Square - Off the Shelf

Perfect Square - Off the Shelf 

Although the square is less than enthusiastic about leaving its life of matching corners and equal sides, the colorful, transformative daily adventures make going back to being perfectly square seem “confining, rigid and cramped.”

Perfect Square is a wonderful combination and storytelling and design that will charm and delight and readers of all ages to try their hand at transforming a square into….

Perfect Square - Off the Shelf

Perfect Square - Off the Shelf

 

In this Issue

 

Transformed Squares

Ready. Set. Go. What can you create? 

Transformed Squares

What You Will Need

  • Construction Paper in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Sheets of white paper
  1. Cut various sized squares from construction paper. 
  2. Give your young reader one square and see how they can cut, tear, hole punch, etc. the square into a new creation. Pieces can be glued onto a sheet of white paper, and crayons can be used to add details to complete the picture. 

Bonus: Combine sheets to make your very own Perfect Square book.

Transforming Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf

Transformed Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf
Sailboat with Waves
Transformed Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf
Butterfly
Transformed Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf
Fort
Transformed Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf
Caterpillars in the grass
Transformed Squares - Perfect Square - Off the Shelf
Swiss Cheese

 

 

Perfect Graham Squares

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Transform some flour, honey, cinnamon and more into perfect squares to enjoy munching! Making homemade graham crackers might sound daunting, but they are so easy to make that you may never want to buy graham crackers again! While graham flour might not be a regular kitchen staple, it's carried at most larger supermarkets. 

Perfect Graham Squares

Adapted from Mary Engelbreit's Cookies Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham flour also known as whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour (OR 1/2 cup white whole wheat and 1/4 cup all purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and honey. Beat until combined. 
  4. Add the egg and water, and beat to combine.
  5. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  6. Roll dough out on a well-floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. 
  7. Prick dough all over with a fork.
  8. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into squares. Transfer to  ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are lightly golden brown. 

 

One Year Ago: Caldecott Medal Winner A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book full of simple yet  expressive illustrations telling a tale of love and loss, and showing  a wonderful lesson in sharing and forgiveness.

Two Years Ago: Join Peter as he dons his red snowsuit as he experiences a full day of chilly adventures in the 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day.

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