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DEAR BABY, IT'S A COLORFUL WORLD

Author: Carol Casey

Illustrator: Jason Oransky

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Publisher: Dear Baby Books, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a book about colors -- on each page spread, there are an abundance of items of the theme color. On the green page, you find 3 little kids in a green meadow, surrounded by green trees, frogs, grass, and each wearing a green outfit. After nine colors are reviewed, there is a page dedicated to the colors of people: hair, eyes, skin. Then comes a page that looks at the world as if colors didn't exist (everything in shades of grey). The conclusion is that colors are a wonderful thing! This is a rhyming book that teaches colors.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son LOVED this book and we read it a lot. It was hard for me to keep him away from it! He is right at the age where he is learning his colors, so there was a LOT of positive reinforcement happening in this book! The pages are FILLED with objects of the target color, and all of the objects are familiar -- Sun, Moon, Trees, Firetruck, Flowers, Water, etc. The illustrator makes it EASY to love this book!

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book a lot. The text was not award-winning, but it wasn't distracting. The illustrations have ADORABLE kids in it. What I loved most was that the kids represented a range of ethnicities, which ties into the theme that diversity is a good thing; that different colors make us unique and special. I came away from the book feeling good about myself and hopeful for my children's generation.

Pros: This is a wonderfully colorful and FUN book with great educational content and positive expressions of acceptance.

Cons: NONE!

Borrow or Buy: Buy or Borrow, I can go either way. This is one you may read enough times to want to own it!!!

If You Liked This Book, Try: DEAR BABY: WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU!   AM I A COLOR TOO?   CLEO'S COLOR BOOK

Educational Themes: There is a lot you can do with this: practice colors, learn names of objects, talk about feelings (facial expressions). For preschoolers build on the themes of ethnic tolerance, acceptance, and rejoicing! "

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, concepts, rhyming books, colors

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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