City Colors by Zoran Milich

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City Colors

Zoran Milich

[BH] This book is a fun and simple colors concept book. I first want to say I was totally impressed with the Houston Public Library – they had a whole little activity set for this book – it was so neat!Anyways back to the City Colors,  this book is a very basic, yet eye catching color book – great for the wee littles and also for those learning to read and sound things out as they will definitely feel successful with this book.  The pictures are vibrant and colorful (hahaha!) just what you need for book about colors. This is a book your little can read by themselves, or you can read together.
DSC_1440[G] This book is pretty straight forward, which is probably why I like it! It’s fun too because the pictures in the book are actual photographs of real things (cones! walls!) Your little should be able to recognize at least some things, or spot differences to things he sees everyday with what is in the book (a red London bus, for example!).  All around a solid book.

Color activities are endless so here are 2:

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Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

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Words by Angela DiTerlizzi

Bugs by Brendan Wenzel

[G] What child doesn’t love bugs? Even though I’ve grown up to be quite anti-bug, I really enjoyed finding bugs growing up! This book is perfect for your bug-loving child.  It’s a simple book that takes bugs they will know and bugs that they might not know (yet) and pairs them with simple words (crawl, ball, hide, etc).  The illustrations show the bugs in their natural habitat, but make them less scary looking than in real life (I don’t know about you, but spiders creep me out, but the spider in this book is really quite cute).

(Now, I know what some of you might be thinking–Hey! Spiders aren’t bugs! But this could be an interesting conversation, if you want, or you could just accept it for now).

I used this in a storytime and it worked really nicely.  The illustrations are bright and the text short enough to keep even the most fidgety of littles entertained!

DSC_1438[BH] EWWW BUGS, not with this book, the bugs are cute and friendly looking. I love the way the book repeats the words “Some bugs”. It is perfect for beginner readers – help them identify the title of the book and then they can help read the story! It is a book that will help those littles gain confidence in their reading skills! The illustrations are amazing and will aide those little readers in figuring out what the new word on the page is!!

The best part of this book I think is the last page. All of the bugs that were in the book are labeled – how much fun! I never knew there was a bug called a snakefly, or even a whirligig beetle! The illustrations by Brendan Wenzel are out of this park! I hope you and your little enjoy it as much as we did! Go get buggy!

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Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka

IMG_4214Here is a fun ABC book that will knock your socks off. Work: An Occupational ABC takes the whole ABC concept book to a new level and introduces you and your little to all sorts of jobs, some albeit a little quirky but definitely fun. The illustrations are crisp, clean and eye catching. This is a great book to share with your little and open their eyes to different jobs out there.  I mean who doesn’t want to be a ringmaster, a detective or a xenologist! And don’t fret at the end of the book is an adorable little description of each job!

[BH] So honestly I found this book online and had to go to the library and check it out immediately. I knew from the cover that it would be an amazing book. Let’s be honest ABC books sometimes seem to blend all together, they can be all over the place with random words that start with each letter of the alphabet. So when I saw this book and the concept of work and jobs I was so happy. The different occupations are definitely ones that littles will love, and it brings up strange occupations that one might not necessarily think to talk about. I mean if you can get past the beautiful illustrations and the color and make it to the last page where they define each occupation you might explode. The definitions are out of this world adorable, I seriously smiled while reading all of them!

[G] I think that the best part of this book is the illustrations.  They are clear and will help your little decode what each word means.  Which is good because I only like about half of the occupations that are listed.  This is always the problem with alphabet books–letters like X or U or Z are complicated to find words for and sometimes end up being a little out there.  This book, I think, falls into that trap too.  I really don’t like X or V.  However, Hatanka does use some cool occupations that your little will definitely know (and love!) like Ice Cream Vendor.

Part of the reason I did agree to this book was because it was different.  Opening your little up to a world of different jobs can spark their imaginations in ways you wouldn’t expect.  Plus, a fun thing to do would be to talk about the different occupations your little does know already (Garbage man! Fireman! Astronaut!) and see if you can figure out the letter each starts with.

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