Amazing Baby: Rainbow Fun

It’s time to have some rainbow fun! Let’s meet the colours, one by one”

This bright little book is part of the Amazing Baby range of books and toys.

It’s a board book, and each page has a circle cut out of it of ever decreasing size.  Each one is a colour of the rainbow, has an object and a line of a poem.

see the red flowers growing from the ground…

watch the orange fish swimming round and round”

This is a bright, well-designed and educational book.  The last page acts like a baby plenary, going back over the colours with a nice bright rainbow in the centre.  It’s got such potential, it is irksome that indigo and violet have been subsumed into a single page as ‘purple’.  If you are going to teach the colours of the rainbow, why teach them wrongly? To be fair, purple is a more useful colour and word to learn, but it is something that will need un-learning later on.

In addition, neither the title of the series, the book, or any of the lines in it use capital letters.  Rainbow fun may be aimed at babies of 6 months plus but visually there is no need to avoid capital letters.  I suspect the argument is that when learning letter shapes it is better to start with lower case, but realistically babies of 6 months are not learning their letters.  What they will be doing is seeing the words on the page and can only be helped by seeing the appropriate large shape at the start of each sentence.  It’s a minor thing, but a niggle.

A really good little book, but could have been better.


Counting Colours

This is a beautiful, educational book.  Published by Priddy Books, it should provide hours of entertainment for children of a wide range of ages.

The front cover shows the same style as the inside.  Each double page has a colour written across the middle (about 4 inches high), and that is surrounded (almost engulfed) by photographs at various scales of a plethora of different objects in that colour.  The overall effect is a riot in blue, and pink, and orange, and brown, and white… Visually it is arresting and effective.  Around the outside, printed on a border colour the same as that page’s theme, are a list of 55 things to find in the picture.  For example, on the yellow page, you are asked to find 1 busy digger; 2 tasty bananas; 3 buckets; 4 toy dump trucks; 5 pairs of scissors; 6 chicks; 7 sour lemons; 8 pasta shapes; 9 sunflowers and 10 rubber ducks.

There is so much entertainment to be had from this book simply looking at all the objects, but it works educationally as well.  Engaging with this book with an adult children will learn colour recognition, number skills, spatial awareness, memory, adjectives, and the names of objects – older children could even try making links between unlikely items in a story, or trying to remember what is where on the page.

An easy book to enjoy, but used well an excellent teaching aid as well.