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My Very First Book of Colors

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My Very First Book of Colors
by Eric Carle
Philomel Books, 1974

Another interactive gem from Eric Carle who really understands the youngest.

In a small size to fit toddlers hands, and as a board book to tolerate children’s mouths,s My Very First Book of Colors shows a color on the top half the page and is asked to find that color in a series of pictures on the bottom half of the page.  The first color shown is ‘blue’.  To find the blue picture, the child turns the bottom-page-half and finds a blue bird to match the blue above!  They get an instant win to reinforce the goal of the game.  Then the child is asked for find ‘white’, and must turn many pages to find a ‘snowman’.  Carle even includes a top page with 8 colors, inviting the reader to find the colorful butterfly.

Perfect for the 1-2 year olds who are learning colors.  Carle’s bright colors and simple illustrations draw the reader in.  A great gift for their first birthday; something they can grow into, depending upon the development of the specific child.

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From Head to Toe

From Head to Toe
by Eric Carle
Harper-Collins Children’s Books 1997

Listed in 2014 as one of the top eleven books that should be included on every child’s bookshelf, I picked up this book and found out why. It introduces a child to animals, to different parts of their body and invites them to move their body, too. The story, along with Eric Carle’s bright vivid illustrations, enlists a child’s imagination and physical experience to learn more about themselves.

A book to engage a toddler’s movement with reading a book. A brilliant book for the youngest readers and listeners; a perfect book for every child’s library.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
Philomel Books, 1969

I now understand why this book continues to be a very big seller year after year—it has everything to fascinate a child.

First, on the cover, appears a very large green caterpillar, with a clashing red head. On the fourth page in, the largest, warmest, friendliest sun glows. Then—so cool—an actual hole is punched in an apple. And holes are punched in pears, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and all of a child’s favorite foods, until the eating caterpillar gets a tummy ache. Then the reader learns how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. The art looks like kid art. Simple, kid friendly, engaging with cool holes-—a ‘must have’ for the earliest of readers. I’m sure some can count the holes, count the fruits and practice math, too. A brilliant book for pre-readers.

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