Many of you seemed to really enjoy my recent post Favourite Books for Toddlers, and since both Caterpillar and I love reading so much I’ve decided to start a regular book review feature. This week we’ve been reading a very unique book called Cat’s Colours by Airlie Anderson.
Our own cat isn’t a huge fan of Caterpillar I must admit. But the sad fact is that Caterpillar loves her. It’s all very one-sided and heartbreaking really. Anyway, the result of this is that Caterpillar adores any book with a cat as the protagonist!
The illustrations in this book are what makes it stand apart from other picture books. They begin in grey and white only but as Cat’s adventure continues she encounters more colours along the way, as does your little one. This is a really fantastic way to teach your toddler more about recognising and learning the names for different colours.
Caterpillar really enjoyed the anticipation of wondering which colour would appear on the next page and rushed to tell us it’s name. The style of illustration is really soothing and the contrast of single spots of bright colour on grey is really aesthetically pleasing for the adult reading too! This lovely You Tube trailer really demonstrates what I mean.
Each colour is also associated with an object so it teaches children about the world around them, and encourages them to go out into the world and identify the colour of objects there too.
Narrative wise, it’s a fairly short read for a picture book and is definitely mostly about the engaging artwork, however there is an adorable twist at the end which gave me a grin even after a very long day, and delighted my little man.
If you’re looking for a short, beautiful read which really encourgages interaction with your child you’ll love Cat’s Colours.
To get your hands on a copy visit Child’s Play books.