The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser
Published by Golden Books, an imprint of Random House

Smiles are contagious, whether from a family member, or made out of macaroni and cheese. Ruth Kaiser makes a point of seeing – and photographing – smiley faces everywhere and they are highlighted in The Smiley Book of Colors. Sorted by color and accompanied by brief rhyming text on each page, there are some 30 smileys faces found in every day items in The Smiley Book of Colors in addition to those found on the end papers.

I must admit, I was skeptical about The Smiley Book of Colors, most of all whether Daniel would appreciate it. Surely 2 and 1/2 is too young, I thought, to comprehend something as abstract as faces in inanimate objects. Luckily I took a chance with it anyway, because Daniel absolutely adores The Smiley Book of Colors. He seemed to be not entirely sure what he was looking at when he first flipped through the book, but once we showed him one smile, he could see them in each and every picture and found each of them absolutely delightful. He can also tell us what most of the objects actually are as well. In addition, the book is enhanced for him by the color groupings; not only does he want to go through and find all the faces, he goes through and announces the color on each page as well.

The Smiley Book of Colors will both delight children, and teach them to look for the creative and unexpected in the world all around them.

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Blue Hat, Green Hat – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

We’re really big on colors around here right now, so I picked up Blue Hat, Green Hat for Daniel thinking it would be something similar to Will You Wear a Blue Hat? in that the colors would be the main focus of the book. This turned out not to be the case, but like every Boynton book, what we did get was well worth having.

The elephant, deer, and bear are showcasing their colorful wardrobes, wearing hats, followed by shirts, pants, coats, socks, and shoes. The turkey wants to join in their fashion show, but he can’t quite figure out how to wear the clothes correctly, putting the hat on his feet, the pants on his head, the socks on his wings. As a result, every page reads something like this: “Blue hat, green hat, red hat, oops.” Finally the turkey figures it out and assembles a complete and correct outfit but, alas, he wears said outfit to dive into a pool. “Oops.”

As it turned out, Blue Hat, Green Hat had even more to it than I was looking for. Not only is it a good use of color, we also get clothing vocabulary, and can even start a discussion of why what the turkey was doing was an “oops” and how we wear different articles of clothing. Amazing what Sandra Boynton can do in 7 words per page.

Highly recommended.

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