Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Laura Purdie Salas
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
This book explores the colors found in animals and insects in the wild. A two-page spread of breathtakingly blue butterfly wings teaches the reader that when the butterfly's wings are closed, the color disappears. A hidden leopard informs the audience of how camouflage works, and up-close shots of a peacock spider show off not only its brilliant colors but also its hairy legs! With each turn of the page, we are introduced to a new animal, new colors, and a new fact about why color is important in the world around us.
Beautiful photography is the prize jewel of this book. The only thing better is getting outside and seeing the real thing, which any child will want to do after reading this book. The information provided is short and succinct, which makes it easy to maintain the attention of younger readers. However, the facts provided are also unique enough that even adults reading it will be surprised to learn something new and interesting. The book also provides the opportunity for children to recognize familiar colors and animal sounds. This book is sure to bring a smile to your animal or adventure loving child!