In this fun picture book kids learn to think about vegetables in a whole new way. For example, the book opens with a beautiful picture of an orange caIn this fun picture book kids learn to think about vegetables in a whole new way. For example, the book opens with a beautiful picture of an orange carrot and reads, “Carrots are orange.” Then the next page reads, “They are also purple.” and has a picture of a purple carrot. Then by turning the page you see all the other vegetables that can be (but often aren’t associated with) purple: purple asparagus, purple corn, purple peas, violet broccoli, etc. With each page turn kids can see vegetables in colors that they typically recognize along with a few surprises (oranges can be blood red, cauliflower can be green, pumpkins can be blue). Children who love to point out pictures when read will love this book…and will enjoy looking at how the world can be a bit different than expected. Fun....more
I loved Keith Baker’s LMNO Peas. And the 1-2-3 Peas was good too. And so I’m not surprised that I really loved Little Green Peas. Basically this is aI loved Keith Baker’s LMNO Peas. And the 1-2-3 Peas was good too. And so I’m not surprised that I really loved Little Green Peas. Basically this is a fun book with those cute little peas doing all kinds of things that have to do with colors. Each page has a large color with little green peas and objects that are the mentioned color. For example, on the page that features “RED” there are “red fences, red trees, red kites, and…little green peas.” One of the things that I love about this book is that the colors are large and bold. And kids that don’t really know about reading can guess the pattern of what colors will be mentioned at what time (and thus can help “read” even if they can’t read). And the little ones especially love looking at the “little green fellas” and what they are doing with each color spread. Basically this is a solid color book that does more than just the colors of the rainbow. It is one that can be read over and over again....more
Just in time for Halloween I found this fun new book. It starts off by asking what the different colors of Halloween are. When I first read this to onJust in time for Halloween I found this fun new book. It starts off by asking what the different colors of Halloween are. When I first read this to one of my nephews, he started naming specific colors: orange, black, purple. But then when we got into the story he, along with the rest of the readers, realize that there are so many more colors that are associated with Halloween. There is the white of a ghost or the blue of a wizard. Pretty much any color can be associated with a cartoon (and non-frightening) creature which is associated with the monster of all holidays. Plus the cadance is just right for reading to youngsters. Each page starts out by saying, “Halloween is ____” and lists a color. Then there is the rest of the text which dares any reader to not read it in a rhythm that almost sends the readers through the book like a runaway Halloween train that everyone is happy to ride. Seriously, this is a fun look at colors for any young fans of monsters, dressing up, or trick-or-treat fun....more
Baby Bear is wondering “who woke me?” It turns into a conversation about what is around Baby Bear. One woodpecker that hunts for food. Three beavers bBaby Bear is wondering “who woke me?” It turns into a conversation about what is around Baby Bear. One woodpecker that hunts for food. Three beavers building. Seven bees “storing up honey before winter comes.” Over and over Baby Bear not only learns about the animals (and some snowflakes) that live around Baby Bear’s home, but Baby Bear is also counting from one to ten.
This is another sweet story that goes along with Baby Bear. On one page Baby Bear asks about some sound or observation that he makes. Then on the next page Baby Bear and the reader are invited to count the specific number of animals (or snowflakes at the end). However, not all of the pages are easy to count. When “Baby Bear counts 8″ on a page with frogs. One of the frogs is in shadow…which is very different from all the other frogs. It took my kiddo a while to figure out that you also count the dark shadow-like image as one of the frogs. On other pages you might see part of a deer or turkey–which is understandable. Little kids don’t need to see (nor should they really expect) a realistic picture that has animals lined up in a row so all the animals look the same and are ready to count. Instead the way the pictures are done kids get a glimpse of what Baby Bear might see, which is a snapshot of different animals in various positions (and not completely showing all of each animal). However, the fact that the one frog looked like a hoping shadow instead of similar to the rest of the frogs really threw my kiddos (and the grown-up I watched read the story to them). But all-in-all this is another fun counting book that shows all sorts of things a young bear might see before it is time to hibernate. A good story to calm someone down before bedtime....more
I really like alphabet books. And I really like photography. So I knew I would probably like this book. The only problem is that I don’t see all thatI really like alphabet books. And I really like photography. So I knew I would probably like this book. The only problem is that I don’t see all that many kids loving this book. I think it will be one that parents or adults will like…but not one that kiddos will love quite the same way as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or something of that sort.
Basically this is an alphabet book that goes over different colors that most kids might not know: ecru, limerick, verdigris, etc. And there are pictures of things in that particular shade of color doing things that have some sort of alliteration tie-in to the featured letter. For example, “Chartreuse chick circumvents crowded coop.” So kids can see the particular new color and then associate it with a letter and photograph that continue the alliteration. So, once again I think parents (or perhaps older kids) would like this based on the fact that there are great photographs and colors and that it is different. But I just don’t see little ones trying to learn their letters getting all excited about knowing the difference of khaki and light brown....more
A co-worker recommended this book. And I can see why. The illustrations are amazing to look at. It is like a giant eye spy type of book where the illuA co-worker recommended this book. And I can see why. The illustrations are amazing to look at. It is like a giant eye spy type of book where the illustrations and looking at what food objects are used to make landscapes really make the book. The text is okay. And I wasn't happy that my favorite color (blue) wasn't one of the colors featured (yellow, grey, gold, orange, brown, red, pink, purple, green, silver, and white). And really, garlic is purple? I guess in that light...
I LOVE this book! It makes me happy. Basically Pete the Cat has a shirt with four groovy buttons. And he goes around and we can sing the song of
"My bI LOVE this book! It makes me happy. Basically Pete the Cat has a shirt with four groovy buttons. And he goes around and we can sing the song of
"My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons."
Then a button pops off. Of course Pete the Cat isn't upset about what happens. He just goes around singing about his "three" (or less) buttons. And what happens at the end...that is just perfectly amusing!
This is going on a storytime list in the near future (in whatever theme I can fit it into next). Like I said, I LOVE it!...more
This is a book about a “wee piggy” who was at the county fair and went “exploring” and found all sorts of colors. Similar to the cadence of I Know anThis is a book about a “wee piggy” who was at the county fair and went “exploring” and found all sorts of colors. Similar to the cadence of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, readers can see (and predict) the colors and the repetitions and rhymes. Of course at the end of the book the wee pig has gone pretty much all over the fair and has ended up in the middle of the art contest—and reader’s hearts.
I loved the beginning of this book. The cadence and repetition and predictability are perfect for reading aloud in story time; however, these elements were not sustained throughout the entire picture book. The pig starts out wallowing in brown (which I do love…most picture books about colors only stick to the rainbow colors). And the next few colors and rhymes were great. But when they got to gray (another shout-out to all the non-rainbow colors) I was disappointed that they threw in orange. Not that orange was included in the book…it needs to be in a color book. Just that it was only mentioned as part of the grey page and didn’t have its own page. And once readers get to the gray, the repetition of all the previous colors is missing until after the purple (the penultimate color).
So, I love the idea of this book. I think it is mostly done well. I just wish that my favorite parts (the repetition that is so useful in story time and the use of ALL the colors) would be as solid as the idea. I will still probably use it…I’ll just have to finesse how to get the kids to not start repeating when they will expect to participate in the appropriate spots. ...more
How did I miss this one? How sad that I didn't know about this book for the past 3 years!
So one day an owl takes a long nap when she was supposed to bHow did I miss this one? How sad that I didn't know about this book for the past 3 years!
So one day an owl takes a long nap when she was supposed to be awake. Then she stayed up in the daytime to see what she could see. There was yellow sunshine, red butterflies, white clouds, blue sky, and all sorts of wonderful colors to look at. She even saw a rainbow. But then the biggest "WOW!" of all came when she decided that "The nighttime stars are the most beautiful of all."
I agree. Stars are the most beautiful of all. But then again, I have a thing for stars. And well-done picture books about colors. And brilliant illustrations. And stars. And night time. And night owls (like me). Yeah, this is a book after my own heart. I wish I had a couple of nieces and nephews around to read this with. Good think I can read it in storytime in July instead! 5 shining stars! Wow!...more
Baby bear wakes up in his cave with his mama and wonders what is warming him.
"That is the sun," Mama says.
Baby Bear sees yellow.
Thus begins a perfecBaby bear wakes up in his cave with his mama and wonders what is warming him.
"That is the sun," Mama says.
Baby Bear sees yellow.
Thus begins a perfect journey that baby bear and mama bear make through the world of colors. From green oak leaves to orange butterflies, baby bear explores his world. The fact that the color isn't said until after the page turn also leaves time for little ones to guess at what color will be mentioned (and see if they can see the color hint with mama bear before the page turn). This is a perfect read for either a lap or a cozy cuddle. Plus I can't wait to try it with my story time group....more