When I was younger I loved little bear (I still do!) He's a cute little bear who has lots of equally cute animal friends including Old Bear, Bramwell Brown and many more.
Little bear always looks like he has curly fur and wears a pair of oversized trousers, he's light beige in colour and has lovely bright orange button eyes.
This review is about the book Little Bears Colours written and illustrated by Jane Hissey.
The book is designed to help young children learn to recognise colours and patterns. The pictures in all the Little Bear books are fantastic. Beautifully drawn and always in lovely bright cheerful colours. They have loads of detail in them and every time you read the book there always seems to be something new and interesting to look at.
There are ten colours and three different patterns to learn. Now I'm reading these books to the little people in my family what I particularly like is that the words are printed in the colours that they are saying. For example the word blue is printed in the colour blue.
Each double page is devoted to learning one colour and the illustrations feature this colour along with Little Bear and his friends, for example "Little Bear is standing on a blue chair".
The book also has three different patterns for children to learn, spots, checks and stripes. And there are also a couple of little counting tasks to do as well.
Another thing I like about this book is that the writing is quite large so it can also help with the child's reading. There is no complicated story to Little Bears Colours it is mainly a learning book. However the pictures are so detailed that it isn't hard to incorporate a story as you go through the book. I tend to do this with my slightly older nieces, while the younger ones seem to like the simplicity of just saying the colours and finding the patterns.
Over all, Little Bears Colours is a versatile book which is both educational and fun for the child. One I would definatly recommend. It can be found on Amazon for £7.19 in hard back.
Little Bears Colours
Little Bear and his Book of Many Colours
I have already written a review on the Numbers book within this series and so wont go into repetitive detail too much, so please read my other review if you want to know more about this small and lovely series.
Little Bear's Colours came as part of a four book set brought for only £1 each which is really great as their RRP is £4.99 each. Places such as Amazon do these books between £1.00 and £4.00 and seem quite popular and readily available which is great as these are perfect to add to any young childs book collection.
Please note this bit about Jane Hissey is on both reviews in case you haven't read the other review as I feel it is very interesting to know her background.
Jane Hissey, the author of both these little bear books and also the better known Old Bear books, was born in 1952 and studied design and Illustration at Brighton. It wasn't until after having her first child that Hissey began concentrating on her own illustrations of mainly teddy bears on greeting cards which is when a children's book publisher spotted the series of cards and encouraged her to write and illustrate books.
Hissey's first set of books about Old Bear was published in 1988 and many more character teddies followed in the many books after that, all inspired by her own bears which she had as a child. Old Bear itself was apparently given to her by her grandmother when she was a baby.
Although part of a set of books, this review concentrates on one of the books only; Little Bear's Colours
Like all the books in the series this book is paper backed with the cover slightly thicker than the rest of the book, though still thin enough to rip and tear easily so not good for young children who have a tendency to be rough with books. Luckily my daughter is very good with books so I haven't had this problem.
These set of books not only provide the child with lovely illustrations to look at, but also a fun way of learning. Within the set your child can learn about;
Like the other books, Colours is full of beautiful illustrations of little bear and his friends - and when I say beautiful, I mean really stunning, and it is also wrote in a way which is fun and easy to understand and learn and adults (or at least me!) don't get bored of it either - I can personally flick through this book over and over again as can my daughter.
This book is slightly easier for younger children than perhaps the other ones are and my daughter has started to mane some of the colours within this book already as she loves looking through the lovely pictures as I read to her so she has fun whilst learning which I think is the best way to learn.
The book itself is matching to the rest of the set both in look and layout. It is quite a large paperback book with a blue colour to the cover and a lovely image of Little Bear on the front holding a paintbrush with splodges of colour around him and a lovely smile on his face which makes you want to smile too! On the back there are many smaller illustrations of Old Bear himself and the rest of his friends, all seen in Hissey's other books.
The book looks at 13 different colours, three of these not plain colours but stripes, checks and spots with an activity right at the very end of the book to help the child put into practice what they have learnt in the book, though still as part of the 'story' rather than a worksheet style. As there are only 13 colours within the book, the book is quite thin though to be honest it is definitely one of the best learn colours books I have seen and my daughter has a few and this one is the best by far, if for nothing else, the illustrations are amazing. Each colour is featured over a double page and covers red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black and white as well as those non-colours mentioned above. On each page there is a colour chart at the top across the full double page with the colour the page focuses on in larger bold font. All the colour names are in the colour it says to help children become more familiar with the colours.
Throughout the whole book there are beautiful illustrations created by the author herself and are all relevant to the wording and colours being shown on the page, for example on the red page there is a fluffy dog holding a red balloon and the wording underneath is a simple 'Red Balloon'. On each double page the wording has two different ways of helping the child. On the first page is simply two words for younger learners and on the other page the colour is put into a sentence with yet another lovely image, for example; 'What is the green monkey eating?'. Each illustration, as said before but I was to reiterate the fact as the main thing about this books appeal is the illustrations, I warm and cute and certainly not bold or in your face at all - perfect for children with an inviting feel to them.
The child not only becomes more familiar with the colours but also the actual animal toys in the illustrations so you get two for the price of one really. My daughter has learn many animals and can point to them in the book when I ask her as well as saying the animal names and sounds which is great.
Hissey has many other children's books all focusing on Old Bear and friends. Some of these can be found here:
Both this book and the set as a whole is amazing, with wonderful illustrations and easy to learn text and questions on each page. It is very short though this really doesn't matter with these books especially if you have all four in the set as they are simply wonderful for both children to look at the images, learn the colours, listen to mummy read as well as great fun for the adult too.
Books are a great way of learning I believe and when a book is stunning as well as resourceful in teaching children things as this book is then I think it is well worth the money and they are not expensive at all. My daughter adores these books though one thing that I would watch out for is the low durability with younger children, which is why I keep the set on a higher shelf so it is a set of books for my daughter and me to share together and less chance of ripping.
I fully recommend this book to all parents of young children, whether you get the whole set or one book alone as they are probably one of the best books for learning I have seen around to date.