Sunday, March 18, 2018

Caterpillar's Colors: The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Colors by Eric Carle

Little kids are learning all the time, and what time is better than Eastertide for learning the colors? Nature is switching from basic black, gray, and white to a rainbow of colors, and what better teaching experience is there than being immersed in color while dyeing Easter eggs for the Easter basket?

And Eric Carle and his beloved character, that hungry little caterpillar, are the perfect guides, in his board book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Colors (The World of Eric Carle) (Grossett and Dunlap). Famed artist Carle sets the color words on each left-hand page washed with that color and its name in big, block letters, while something of that color is pictured on the facing page. Two little chicks model YELLOW, four new leaves on a twig show off the their new GREEN shapes, and who else but Carle's spotted ladybug could wear RED so well?

There's a PINK flower, a BROWN bird's nest, and a woolly WHITE lamb who get the same double-paged spread, and there's a surprise on the last two pages--a Happy Easter basket showing off all the colors in its bright eggs. This jolly board book is just right for the basket, something that will be around long after the chocolate eggs are nibbled.

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