Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mix it Up With Kids

Many of you are aware of that very successful picture book Press Here which has become a toddler sensation.  Written and illustrated by the exceedingly talented Herve Tullet it became a best seller many times over.  Well he has a new book out aimed at the younger crowd, and in this one he tackles the color wheel.  With the same interactive humor he gets kids pressing, shaking and stomping to learn what happens when colors combine!

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Title:Mix it Up

Author:Herve Tullet

Target: Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
This is a hands on book about mixing colors.  Kids will learn the basics that yellow and blue make green as well as how white lightens and black darkens colors.  Kids are asked to pretend to put red paint on a blue dots and then turn the page to see what happens.  They are asked to shake the book to see how the colors mix.  When they close the book to press two paints dots together they get to see the combinations that are made.

Why I love this book: 
This book is a lovely way to get kids involved in the storytelling.  In this case they will not only learn that red and yellow make orange, they actually pretend to mix the colors to produce orange. The best part is that you don’t have to actually get the paints out but the kids will still be mixing and shaking just the same.  Big reward for no clean up!  However I can’t guarantee that the kids will not be inspired to take their own paints out.

Herve Tullet always does a lovely job of getting kids to participate in the stories he writes.  I love that readers are not passive listeners but active participants in the learning process.

Who this book is for: 
All kids should enjoy this one.

Final thoughts: 
Tullet is the author of the wildly successful Press Here.  That book uses the same techniques to get kids involved, but this new story is more focused on teaching than entertainment. 

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Mix It Up!  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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