“ Author: David McKee / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 16 June 1994 / Genre: Baby Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Picture Books / Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd / Title: Elmer's Colours / ISBN 13: 9780862644932 / ISBN 10: 0862644932 „
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I tend to take my daughters to the local library every four weeks as they both now enjoy looking at and reading books and I think this should be encouraged, one of our recent reads was this book which we borrowed for my youngest daughter who is 16 months.
The book can be bought from Amazon for £3.79 and is a hard backed board book aimed at young children.
The book is quite small only being around 6 inches square and is made of hard board to make it easy for little hands to handle. The front cover of the book is mainly white in colour with a strip of pink along the bottom and Elmer the patchwork elephant walking across the front. The book displays the authors name which is David Mckee in black lettering along with the title of the book which is also in black lettering but bigger than the authors name. The front cover is simple but bright in colour as Elmer is made up of so many colours.
In the book there are seven double pages each one showing a different colour, the first double page shows all of elmers colours in stripes across the page with Elmer appearing against them which makes a very colourful page, the writing on the page names each of the colours black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink and white and asks what is your favourite colour?
The following pages each show a different colour you have white for a snowman with a purple scarf to keep him warm, orange for an orange and yellow for a lemon, pink for a strawberry ice lolly, green for the grass, blue for the sky, red for the sunset and finally black for the darkest sky. Throughout the book there are little comments on the pages such as Elmer loves to watch the sunset and Elmer's ice lolly won't last long.
The pictures are all very brightly coloured like with all of the Elmer books which I think makes them good for children just learning to enjoy books. On each page Elmer is interacting with the colour in some way, on the page with the orange and the lemon Elmer is balancing an orange and a lemon on his trunk and on the page with the ice lolly Elmer is holding the ice lolly in his trunk and the background is of a beach.
This is a lovely book and my daughter enjoys sitting and reading it although she doesn't know her colours yet we sit and point the colours out as we are reading and her older sister enjoys sitting and telling her the colours too especially on the first page which shows lots of different colours. The book is easy to handle, attractive for young children and helps to teach them so certainly a book I would recommend.
I'd never heard of Elmer until my neighbour gave me a bag of books for my 14 month old granddaughter, but she loves this book so much that I've since done some research and found he is actually a very popular little elephant!
Elmer is a bright colourful patchwork elephant and my granddaughter absolutely loves him. Elmer looks fantastic, he is a typical cartoon elephant that babies and young children will instantly warm to but it's the patchwork which really catches my granddaughters eye because the colours are so bright and they all clash wonderfully!
In this Elmer book the aim is to help teach young children their colours. The first page is devoted to a rainbow of different colours which my granddaughter loves to look at and points at each colour in turn, the colours are named below in a large and easy to read font. My granddaughter likes me to speak the colour and move her finger to the corresponding stripe of colour, she's learning already and pointed to red on her own today.
Inside the book itself are examples of the major colours. This is done in a very simplistic way with a short snappy line of text on each page and Elmer is present on every page as the book moves through the colours. 'The grass is green' is an example of how simple the text is and because it is set out like this it's repetitive so I'm sure babies and toddlers will pick up the sentences and begin to associate it with the colours.
I read it to my friends two year old and she was able to point to the correct colour on each page and would also go off and find an example in my house to show me for the colour I'd mentioned. For this age group I'd say Elmer does a brilliant job because the use of colour in the book really stirs the childs imagination and opens them up to learning. My own granddaughter simply loves the book because it is so colourful and she loves me to read the text from each page over and over again. Her favourite for some reason is the 'lemon is yellow' page and she points at the picture of the lemon and giggles like mad so I'm sure it must remind her of something comical she's seen before!
It's a lovely simple picture book which I think is absolutely charming in these days of over complicated childrens books, my granddaughter loves the fact that it is so simple because I'm sure she feels overloaded when a book has too many images squashed onto one page. Elmer's Colours is easy for her to look at and the blocks of colour are large and bright enough for her to focus on easily and this makes the book a real winner for holding her interest.
Elmer's Colours is a great book for cuddling with too, my granddaughter will happily sit on my lap while I read each of the 16 pages in turn and then we usually go back to the beginning and start again! It's a sturdy glossy board book which means it's ideal for wiping with a baby wipe for a quick clean up, it seems to be standing up quite well against a teething baby too and also has been thrown in temper several times with no damage to the pages so that's robust enough for me!
You can buy Elmer's Colours from Amazon for £3.59 and I think it is worth every penny, I have tonight placed an order for some more books in the Elmer series as this one has proved such a hit.