Spring is full of colour and newness. Learning and fun. And last week we received a brand new board book to celebrate the season: Color Wonder: Hooray For Spring! by Chieu Anh Urban.
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A few years ago, we reviewed Chieu’s book, Away We Go! and when she asked us if we’d like to have a look at her newest book, we were honoured. I had thought that my own children would now be too old for a board book, as Kallista is just about to turn 7. Indeed, when it arrived, she said, “A board book, I’m not a baby!” BUT….after seeing me look through it she wandered over, picked it up, and walked away with it!
I’ve only just got it back to have a better look at it myself! This is a really cool book for a warm spring day! And of course, there’s no reason it can’t be used year-round. After all, who doesn’t love looking at flowers and cute critters in the depths of a bleary winter? Yes, this book certainly will outlast spring.
Turn the pages of this board book and you’ll encounter the vividly coloured flowers of spring: tulips, daffodils, crocus, shamrocks, and more.
Each page has a rhyming verse on it that celebrates the colour of the page, and a coordinated little creature.
But that’s not all! Oh no! What is REALLY great and unique about Color Wonder: Hooray For Spring! is that children can learn about colour mixing! Coincidentally, this book arrived as my children are learning about colours in science. At the back of this book there are two wheels that you can spin to change the colour of the dot in the middle of the book that is in the centre of the various flowers on each page.
Now, I said there were TWO spinners…work with them together and you can change the primary colours to secondary colours! How cool is that?! Children can learn about colour mixing without getting all messy. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a board book with two spinners that interact together. I love it!
As always, Chieu has also created additional fun to go along with this book. On her website you’ll find a printables tab where there is a colouring page and some stick puppets for kids to make. How fun!