Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Learning Colors with Dorothy and Friends

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is one of the most beloved children's books ever written. As I have said before my cousin, Charlotte, and I love all things Oz. I have already driven all around my hometown searching for the new McDonald toys for the 75th Anniversary of the movie release. So, you see, I'm a die hard fan.

The Wizard of Oz: Colors
by Jill Kalz and illustrated by Timothy Banks

Every time I see an Oz themed book, I have to grab it up and see if the author has been true to the classic. I have to say Jill Kalz's The Wizard of Oz: Colors illustrated by Timothy Banks does a nice job of presenting the story in a very simplified manner while introducing young children to colors. Through rhyming text and bright colorful illustrations the story is presented in a very child friendly format. Not only is the basic premise maintained, but a plethora of more complex words are used in order to increase the child's listening vocabulary. There is a glossary presented at the end of the book providing a brief definition of some of these words, including bluff, dazzle, and wicked. Also included at the end of this book (which is available in the following formats: library binding, board book, and ebook PDF) is a list of suggested readings and Internet sites, an index, and a synopsis of the actual book, The Wizard of Oz.

This is one of four books in this series published by Capstone Press. Others in the series include : The Wizard of Oz: ABCs, The Wizard of Oz: Counting, and The Wizard of Oz: Shapes. I have not had the opportunity to see these titles, but if they are anything like the Colors book, I would definitely add them to not only my personal collection, but also to my library's collection. Adults who grew up loving The Wizard of Oz will enjoy sharing these concept books with the new generation and continue the love for these classic characters.

*To comply with new guidelines introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Capstone Press has provided a complimentary electronic copy of this book for review purposes. My review is in no way influenced by the author or publishing company and is solely my opinion.