The theme for last week's storytimes was colors. Almost all of the books we ordered from our wonderful Story Collection (basically a mini-branch that only loans its items to Youth Services libarians in the county) were for ages 2 - 3 - much too young for my Pre-K - 2nd grade storytimes, so I was stuck with two books.
Creepy Crawly Colors by Robin Koontz
"A swishing red octopus, a slithering yellow slug, and a pouncing brown spider are a few of the colorful crawlers creeping around in this book of colors." (this is the annotation in our Story Collection database - I'm not sure if it is written anywhere on the book, or just their summary of it)
Any children I have had experience working with thus far have loved pop-up books, which compensates for the fact that this is a very short story dealing with colors (which almost all children have mastered by the time they are 4-5). The school groups I read this book to enjoyed saying the colors and what kind of animal it was when I asked, but they all had trouble with the snake and the jellyfish. They all seemed to think the snake (featured on the cover) was black and white until I told them "no" to their first guess. Because the jellyfish are against a blue water background, they all thought the jellyfish were blue, so I would hold the transparent part up to my face, ask them if they could still see me, then ask again what color it still was. This usually did the trick, but some of them still didn't get the concept of "clear".
Amazon recommends this book for ages 4 - 8. I would recommend looking at Amazon anyway, because they have images of several of the pages.
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