Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review (Book) - Gray by Patricia Stockland

This book is part of a series based on colors by Patricia Stockland. In it, the reader follows a girl and her grandma throughout their day on a trip around the city - through the subway, to the museum, and eventually back home. On the way the girl and her grandma point out all the gray things they see in their city.

This book almost seems like a Beginning Reader. From the centered page numbers, to the simple sentences. One page has the illustration, the other page has two sentences on it. Also, to help with word recognition, every page has an observation about something in the city that is gray. There is a glossary in the back as well as the lovely addition of how to mix colors to make gray. The pictures are also simple but still cute. At first I didn't think this was something I would use in storytime because of its simplicity, but on second thought decided that this could actually be really cool to use in a color special for toddlers. Even if parents have to help them, the book is repetitive enough where they should be able to fill in the blanks when it comes to all the uses of the word "gray".

Amazon recommends this book for ages 4 and up, but I think this book is simple and short enough to be good for much younger readers.

My Rating:

*Randomn-ness that made me smile during this book: The lights at the subway entrance (pg. 4) totally look like Pokeballs. 

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