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The Big Book of Colors

Clever. Mar. 2019. 32p. Board $10.99. ISBN 9781948418546.
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Toddler-PreS–Unlike other color books, this book is not just pictures of items in varying colors with the matching words underneath them. Toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers will spend quality time together interacting and conversing about each vividly illustrated spread. The book introduces common colors such as red, orange, yellow, blue, green, pink, purple, black and white on large spreads filled with various items in the specified hue. However, questions, statements, and directions appear around the pages such as; “Count up all the yummy berries” and “Not everything here is blue. What other colors do you see?” The book then shifts to a spread devoted to the “many colors of the world” and the rainbow. The book ends with two games of “I Spy Colors” that are set in beautifully vibrant mixed media nature scenes along with vocabulary words like sandbox and flowerpot.
VERDICT An excellent choice for families with toddlers and preschoolers. It encourages conversation between the adult and child, which librarians know is the true cornerstone to language development.

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