In this coloring book, children learn about their favorite colors while also receiving a message about faith.
A simple rhyming poem about a teddy bear’s family, with an additional Christian element that will appeal to religious families, Benoit-Roy’s book leads children through a series of cute illustrations outlined in black, with prompts to help them choose the correct colors for the bears’ favorite objects. While the book is simple enough for a child to read alone, the structure of introducing family members would also make it a fun book to read with siblings, parents or cousins. The teddy bear narrating the book is cute and cuddly, and his extended family is representative enough that most children will be able to see themselves in the story. The objects children can color—from favorite bikes to purple hats to Grandpa’s gray hair—are unexpected and interesting, and the hints about how to color each object, given in just a splash of color on the different objects, will help guide children who are learning their colors, without dictating so much that he or she would feel stifled or frustrated. Aside from basics like red and blue, color suggestions include pink for a bike; gold, instead of yellow, for honey; and gray hair. Of course, kids are free to color as they wish, but the gentle instructions won’t be off-putting. The faith element is present throughout the book, without becoming so overpowering as to be preachy for small children who might just want to look at a cute picture and color it.
A sweet coloring book for Christian children and their families.