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Author: Tammi Salzano

Illustrator: Hannah Wood

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Publisher: Tiger Tales,

Material: board book

Summary: Duck goes out into the rain in his RED boots, with an ORANGE umbrella, with his friend the GREEN frog, etc., through all the colors of the rainbow and more! This is a fun exploration into the world of identifying colors for toddlers. Preschoolers can use it as an easy reader.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 7

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read with children ages 2, 4, and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved the bright colors and playfulness in this book! The cute story and fun illustrations made it a must-re-read for my boys.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the sweet duck in the story! He is very cute and adorably illustrated! The words were few, but that is a good thing for a 2-year-old. The color learning is just right for this age -- and younger! The illustrations are wonderful enough I'd recommend this as a "first book" to even babies who are not developmentally able to identify colors. My favorite part of the book is at the end when duck comes in from the rain and momma duck wraps him up in a warm purple towel -- so sweet!

Pros: Wonderful illustrations and simple story give you a quick read to share with youngest readers (read: short attention spans!).

Cons: None! This book is too young for the reading audience. The themes and reading ease are just right for the stated target audience, Perfect for 2 year old, a teeny bit old for a 4 year old, way too young for a 6 year old

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a sweet book you'll read over and over. It would make a WONDERFUL gift for a first birthday, holiday, or just because! Pair it with a towel and it will be truly loved.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ABC IS FOR CIRCUS (Chunky)   HAPPY BABY 123   BLUE GOOSE

Educational Themes: In addition to learning colors, you can explore the world when it rains and is wet (mud, puddles, rainbows).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, colors, weather, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2011

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