“Flawless execution in a seldom used media combined with an adaptable reading experience make this a stand-out.”
This clever color book presents a series of colors, each in two steps. The first page features a two word color-object combination (such as red apple) and a simple cut out of the shape acting as a window through to the exceptional cut paper collage behind. The second spread gives young readers five different elements to look for in the collage, in increasing quantities from one to five paired with the collage itself. While color books are an age old concept, Takeuchi’s elevated execution is a breath of fresh air. The way each collage features only elements that are characteristically the selected color, and fully embraces a single color at a time eliminates confusion for little readers intent on grasping their color concepts, while also providing variety and ample familiar examples. Its versatility extends to the ease with which the book can be adjusted to fit the broad interest and ability levels of children in the board book age range, allowing readers to accordion their reading to extend their time and dive deep looking for additional objects not specifically called out on the find-and-seek pages or minimally read only the color-object combinations.
Intricate cut-paper artwork and clever die cuts yield an innovative search-and-find book that homes in on colors and counting.
Peek through a shaped opening to spy a beautifully patterned green leaf, a red apple, a white cloud. Then turn the page to discover a world of animals and objects, familiar and new, hidden within the patterns. Can you find two orange basketballs? Three pink flamingos? Five yellow butterflies? Simple, fresh, and satisfying, this stylish board book promises hours of engagement for young children.
There are specific items you are directed to look through as you read this book, but there are also additional cut shapes hiding on each color page. What else can you find?
These illustrations were created by collecting a lot of cut paper shapes together in one place. Can you create a similar effect by collecting items of one color from around your house and laying them out?
This is a fantastic color book, particularly towards the older range for board books (2+) who will be able to seek and find the requisite items. Delightful use of cut-outs, both to create the larger shapes and to create all the smaller items as well!