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The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

Published: 4 Mar 2021

Paperback / softback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+

By Naomi Jones

Illustrated by James Jones

Published by Oxford University Press

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Triangle is trying her best to fit in, but she's just not like the circles and the squares. So Triangle sets off to find some friends just like her. But being the same isn't as fun as she thought it would be and with the help of her friends Triangle learns to be happy just as she is.

Tagged identity and shapes

Reviewed by Aimee Durning

The Perfect Fit:

‘Where do I belong?’ thought Triangle. Is it with the Circles? Could it be with the Squares? Maybe with those lovely green Hexagons?

Sadly, Triangle is struggling to feel part of a group. Poor Triangle is desperately unhappy, she just can’t find her place in the world.

Join Triangle on her quest to find fellow Triangles. On her journey, she meets many different groups who try to include her but alas she still has a feeling that she just doesn’t belong. She calls upon the Stars to assist her in finding the Triangles. Fortunately, the Stars guide her on the right path to join shapes just like her.

Triangle has so much fun meeting the other shapes, as well as the Triangles. The playful experiences enrich her life and provide valuable learning, which influences her feelings of living just with the Triangles and no other shapes. Yes, Triangles are the perfect fit but difference was fun, difference was brilliant and difference was exciting.

The world is full of a variety of shapes. Whether a Triangle, Circle or Square, each shape needs to enjoy the space that they are in at that moment.

There are important messages for all children with The Perfect Fit whilst learning their shape names. This title would pair well with Steve Antony’s Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles and the Blue Ball. Alternatively, it could work as a bridging text to a more complex story about belonging and difference, such as Duckling by Kamila Shamsie from the A Fairytale Revolution series .

You can read Naomi Jones’s blog post about this title here.
Aimee works at the University of Cambridge Primary School as the Lead Learning Coach (TA) and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She loves reading and sharing her passion for children’s literature with everyone she meets. Another passion of Aimee’s is educational success for all children and she endeavours to assist children to reach their full potential.
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