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COLOR: A FIRST POEM BOOK ABOUT COLOR (Patchwork Series)

Author: Felicia Law

Illustrator: Paula Knight

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Publisher: Mercury Junior, ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Poems and bright colored illustrations provide the backdrop for introducing the various hues we experience in daily life. This is a picture book for teaching color and vocabulary.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Age of Child: read with 4-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was as interested in describing the activity in the illustrations as s/he was in listening to the poems. S/He also routinely went back and picked the book up to "read" it independently.

Adult Reader Reaction: We wish we had this book when we were FIRST introducing color. Using poems that describe every-day kinds of things is a nice change from most of the teaching picture books for this age group.

Pros: Although best introduced to toddlers, there is still value in sharing the book with preschoolers/almost kindergarteners, particularly those who are emerging readers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, but the younger the better. The book is useful on several levels, and children will like "reading" it on their own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOOD NIGHT SWEET BUTTERFLIES: A COLOR DREAMLAND   THE MAGIC OF COLOR   WHAT IF THERE WERE NO COLORS?

Educational Themes: This is a picture book for teahing object identification, color, and expanding a child's vocabulary.

Notes: The title is listed as "Colour" on the bn.com site.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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