Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Book Review: Mr. Panda's Painting by Anne Rockwell

Title: Mr. Panda's Painting
Author: Anne Rockwell
Publisher: MacMillan
Hardcover: 32 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
On the way home from buying paints at the art store, Mr. Panda determines to paint a picture of all the colorful things in his neighborhood, encouraging readers to name all the items and colors in his creation.

Overall Rating: 4/5

This book is great for younger kids. It makes for a good teaching aid and children love it. (At least, the ones I've read it to love it!) The story is simple and easy to follow, so children will get the pattern of it within one or two readings.  With the layout of the illustrations on each page, it is easy for children to identify and learn colors. Each color has its own page and will allow kids to get a lot of practice in pointing out objects and saying what color they are. The illustrations help in that there are a lot of colors featured, but they are simply done and easy to recognize. I also like that it features only animals as characters. It's an added bonus to be able to ask children what animal is featured.

I definitely recommend this for children who are just learning about colors and painting. They will find it an enjoyable and engaging read.