Friday, March 6, 2009

Color me a little bookworm

I've been halfheartedly trying to teach colors lately, so I thought I'd share a few color-related children's board books that we've read and reviewed but haven't yet posted about.

How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors (Board book), by Jane Yolen. I remembered seeing this in a bookstore last year and wanting to read it, so I finally got it to try this week. It's one in a series, which means a whole list of books just got added to my "must read some day" list. This board book version depicts all different kinds of dinosaurs partaking in every day activities, like playing with fire trucks and eating bananas. The accompanying text teaches colors in a fun way that's sure to draw in little dinosaur fans. Others in the series include "How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?", "How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?", "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?", "How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?", and "How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?".


"white chalk marks on an old black slate, / and an orange backpack - don't be late!"

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He's mildly interested in the dinosaurs, since we often visit a Natural History Museum with some on display. I hoped it would be a bigger hit, but we'll keep trying. I'd like to get a number of other books in this series.

ToddWorld: The Silly Book of Shapes (Toddworld) (Board book), by Todd Parr. This large board book contains over 50 flaps in Todd Parr's bold, bright, unique style of illustration. The text focuses on shapes, and flaps lift to reveal circles, squares, rectangles, etc. in various colors. I've tried to show the bookworm other Parr books and he doesn't seem too keen on them. If you're iffy on whether your little one would like his books, this is a great place to start, because the flaps will draw him/her in.


"Vark's Alien House is shaped like a circle. Can you find the circles inside it?"

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: At first he wasn't very interested, but now he seems to enjoy the flaps. There are so many flaps that he just tends to go for a few and move on rather than methodically "reading" the whole book.

Parent's Peeve: I'm not a huge fan of Parr's illustration style, but I could be convinced. If the bookworm develops an enthusiasm for them, we'll gladly fill our shelves.

Wonderful World of Color: Disney Animal Friends (Board book). This is a full-sized (but short) board book featuring Disney characters - Dumbo, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmations, etc. - with questions about colors on the pages. He has no idea who the Disney characters are yet, but he loves the page with the 101 Dalmations (so he can do his sign language for dog) and the birds on the Bambi page. I'm sure it will be enjoyed by older toddlers who know the characters and are learning their colors too.


"Find something red that Puumba likes to eat."

Bookworm's interest at 13 months: Dogs and birds (I'm starting to see a pattern here). Lately he loves when I count the dogs on the 101 Dalmations page. He'll take his hand and start tapping from one to another as if he's counting them too.

For additional books about colors, check out my reviews of Counting Colors, Richard Scarry's Colors, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? here; Dr. Seuss's One Fish, Two Fish here, or Blue Hat, Green Hat here.

Know of another great book about colors? Leave a comment and let us know!

1 comment:

MaryAnne said...

"Lemons Are Not Red" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a favorite at our house. I'll probably review it on my blog in a few days...