Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Color Monster A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Hello friends! It's been way too long for me to post a book review- I know! Let's just say that life gets in the way sometimes--you know things like grad school, teaching your first year of kindergarten and still raising two kids. Phew. Nonetheless, it's summertime and it's time to slow down with a good book! I have a lot of summer reads to tackle and I've also been planning ahead for another year of kindergarten. That's when I stumbled upon The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas.

I can't wait to read this to my kinders! It not only covers colors, but also feelings! And you all know we want those little ones to get better at expressing their emotions and using their words. First off, the engineering for The Color Monster is fantastic! I mean, who doesn't love a good pop-up book? This one's full of monsters, bottled-up emotions, and even rain! Young readers will love the visuals. As for the story, a little girl introduces us to her friend the color monster and explains that he's feeling all mixed up. That's when she teaches him to separate his feelings--yellow (happiness), blue (sadness), red (anger), black (fear), and green (calm).  But in the end, there's one feeling left over--pink (love). The Color Monster provides a great opportunity to have young readers connect to the story by asking them which color they relate to; to discuss colors; and to also talk about feelings. And any chance you can throw in a monster, the better!