A chunky board book introduces kids to all the colors of the rainbow.
The book begins with a spread filled with red objects, among which children are supposed to spot the red butterfly. In a title that proclaims itself focused on teaching colors, it seems odd that children are being asked to identify shapes instead—picking out a red butterfly amid a group of red items doesn’t, after all, aid in color recognition. A small box in the bottom left corner asks children what other red items they see on the page. To answer this question, at least the children have to distinguish the red items from the few objects of other colors on the pages. The same pattern is followed for orange, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple. All of the objects in the illustrations appear to be made of Play-Doh, lending them a rounded, cartoonish air that some little ones will find appealing. While companion volumes Counting Bunnies and Making Shapes with Monkey do a little better with introducing concepts, they suffer from stilted verse that reads awkwardly and confusingly busy illustrations.
Pass on these new, branded offerings and choose this tried-and-true trio instead: board-book versions of Ellen Stoll Walsh’s classic Mouse Paint (1989) and Mouse Count (1991) and Stella Blackstone’s Bear in a Square (1998). (Board book. 3-5)