CREATURE COLORS by Andrew Zuckerman


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Age Range: 0 - 2
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This simple title features two toddler favorites: colors and animals.

Each spread features a photograph of a vibrantly colored animal—a blue macaw, pink flamingo, red snake, brown sea horse, black bear, green frog, yellow canary, gray elephant, orange bird and white owl—their bold colors standing out sharply against a plain white background. The only text is the name of each color, printed in a shade that closely matches the featured animal in a clear, lowercase type. Babies and toddlers will enjoy learning to identify colors with the help of these striking animal images. Less successful is another volume in this series called Creature Numbers. This title sets up a familiar pattern, with present participles emphasizing animal antics: “1 kangaroo jumping,” “2 tigers playing,” “3 chimpanzees running,” and so on, until readers arrive at the jarring “6 sheared sheep.” The next page takes readers back to the original pattern—sort of: Instead of seeing seven sharks, as might be expected, they’ll see just one, with the text reading: “7 fins paddling.” Particularly troubling here is the fact that the fins are a bit difficult to identify and count. These flaws notwithstanding, little ones are likely to be mesmerized by the animals, here again in sharp focus against stark white backgrounds.

For little animal lovers everywhere. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: March 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4521-1668-6
Page count: 10pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2014


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