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Summary: Bella and Finny are two standard sized poodles dressed up in outrageous outfits to help teach kids about colors. Use this picture book in a Q&A style to help your kids learn color.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 4
Age of Child: Read with two boys ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids liked the pictures of the dog and were stimulated to answer the questions about what color was on the page, identifying objects that were the color, and counting the number of objects of that color. We read it a few times, at their request.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did like the book. The pictures were cute and I liked that my kids were engaged to participate in the learning.
Pros: Bella and Finny are cute, and the pictures add to that. The book's theme - albeit not a story - is still engaging.
Cons: There was a section at the back that was a review for parents to use, but it just repeated the pictures from the beginning. It would just have been easier to have gone through the book again as a review. It was wasted paper, in my opinion.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This might be useful in a preschool classroom as a purchased resource. A poodle lover might buy this as their version of color ID for their child. Others will probably benefit from borrowing it and moving on to another book on the next trip to the library.