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Rob is black and Rob is white. No colour at all, just dark and light.
Can you guess what Rob is? Yes, that's right Rob is a very cute penguin, who of course is black and white. "But Rob does not like black and white, he'd like to be a brighter sight. Rob looked up at a rainbow sky. He looked up and wondered why, if there is red and pink and blue, could he be rainbow-coloured too?"
Rainbow Rob is one of my favourite books that we have for the kids and they love it too. I think its quite funny, has lots of great colours and pictures and characters and is one the kids want me to read to them all the time. On the front it is described as being, "packed with wacky characters, funny rhymes and lots to touch and feel. The book is a hard bound book and it just looks really well made and quite inviting too and one kids really want to read.
This book has been great at teaching my little girl all about her colours which is an important thing for kids to learn. after Rob decides that he wants to try being a different colour he think about different animals and what colours they are but then decides he doesn't like that colour and tries another one. For example when Rob talks about being yellow he pictures a lion, a yellow lion as strong as iron? What I like about these pages is that they are extremely colourful and are the colour Rob is talking about. We see a great big yellow lion on one page and then most of the text is in a strong yellow colour as well so it really reinforces each colour and what it looks like. This is great written and visual comprehension of the colour and a fun way for kids to learn.
Rob goes through quite a number of different colours including blue, purple, red and orange. My favourite though has to be pink, where he talks about a pink flamingo from San Domingo. The rhymes in this book are really funny to but I find it really helps you remember what the animals are and some of their characteristics such as a, "big blue whale with a tail."
On each page there is also a little touchy feely bit too which my kids really enjoy playing with and its fun to explore different textures and materials. For example the lion has a cute furry tail and the orange orangutan has a felt mouth and nose.
In the end I think the book has a really nice message to. Rob decides that, "he'd made some friends and had some fun. But most of all, he'd learnt to see, being yourself is the way to be." A nice positive reinforcement for kids I think and one I always repeat to them.
The book is from Priddy Books, ISBN 978-1-84332-388-4 and costs £8.99.