5 Minutes for Books: Picture books exploring a world of color

by CarrieB

We recently added a little boy to our family who loves to look through books of colorful creatures. The following two picture books have not failed to delight when it comes to exploring the world of color surrounding us.

I Dream of an Elephant (published by Abbeville Kids) is a cute book filled with elephants of the green, blue, read and yellow variety. Told in rhyme, the story is told in simple sentences to hold the attention of the young reader. Each page spread features an elephant of a different variety and the children have to guess the color of the elephant outloud. For example – on the page spread that depicts a blue elephant you’ll find the following text:

“Jumping and playing the whole morning through!
I dream of an elephant whose color is . . . ?”

This is a great way to share a simple story with your little one while teaching your child the colors. I Dream of an Elephant is super cute and my son really enjoyed the illustrations by Ami Rubinger. Check this one out!

In A Most Vivid Day! (published by Golden Tree Press, an imprint of Dream Character, Inc.) we meet Tommy the bat who only knows of a world filled with black. This is, of course, because he is only awake at night and sees the work through “dark colored glasses.” On one particular day, Tommy decides to stay awake and sees what the world looks like when the sun is up. He is positively amazed by all of the beautiful colors he sees and he wants to help the sun paint the world with a variety of them! This is a rather heart warming book if you think of the poor little depraved bat who has never know the glories of sunlight. Themes in this book include: learning to share, teamwork and community.

An interesting side note about A Most Vivid Day! is that it was illustrated by Justin Young who was born in Seoul, South Korea. He moved to New York to study toy design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been engaged in the world of art ever since. A Most Vivid Day! is Young’s first children’s picture book and I think he did a mighty fine job. I look forward to seeing more of what he will produce in the future.

Now, a note of interest to you all – I have one copy of each of the above titles to giveaway to one of you, thanks to Abbeville Kids and Golden Tree Press. To win? Simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only. We’ll announce the winner on May 24.

The winners of Who Loves the Little Lamb are #1 Hailey, #12 Tori Close, #42 Tiffany O., #36 Karyn Hostetter, #9 CBH.

The Threadbare Heart giveaway is still open here at 5 Minutes for Mom and we have SIX book giveaways open right now at 5 Minutes for Books.

Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know and Reading My Library. Carrie thanks the publisher for the review copies.



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1 Hailey May 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

My girls LOVE picture books!

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2 women's uniform shirt May 10, 2010 at 7:38 am

I love girls books specially vivid book.

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3 Aimee May 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

These books look great!

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4 stephanie May 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

Enter me, please!

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5 Annie May 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

We love books at our house and always are looking for good ones. These look really fun!

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6 rebecca May 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

pick me please!

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7 Alison S. May 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

We loves picture books at our house. :)

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8 Jaime May 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

So fun! My daughters love books!

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9 Jingle May 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

These both look like such wonderful books!

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10 Kelly Ann T. May 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Books are so important, I believe a love of reading can be a big help in life.

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11 Elizabeth May 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

these look like great books. my daughter would love them!

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12 Jessica H May 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

What fun looking books! These would be so fun to have!

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13 Linda Kish May 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm

These will make wonderful additions to any child’s library.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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14 Ellen C. May 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I’d love to win tese for my son. Thanks for the chance.

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15 RObin SChick May 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I haven’t heard of either of these books, but they both look great for my little guy who is learning his colros and loves to look at books. THnaks

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16 Carolyn May 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Count me in! What fun!

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17 Wendy May 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

These look great! Please enter me.

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18 Carolyn May 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm

My kids love to read! These books look great.

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19 Ashley R May 11, 2010 at 4:18 am

Oh, how awesome! My kids LOVE books, and these look great!

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20 NAN LARA May 11, 2010 at 9:38 am

thank you we love new books
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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21 katklaw777 May 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Books look awesome, thanks for the giveaway.

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22 LaVonne May 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

These look like great children’s books. Thanks for offering.

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23 Staci A May 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Both books sound adorable! My son loves any books that star animals in the lead roles, so I’m sure they would be a huge hit in our house!

Thanks for the chance to enter!

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24 Cheryl L May 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

There are so many wonderful books on the market today. It is such a wonderful experience to read to a child, and have the child talk about what the pictures and learning the words as you read to them. I would like to read these book to my kids.

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25 Charlotte Allen May 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I’m always on the lookout for great books!!

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26 Krystal May 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

We spend hours and hours reading books at our house. I’m so glad my daughter loves to read, and I’m hoping for the same for my son. (He’s only a month old right now.) These look like cute books.

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27 Tori Close May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Another entry for my grandbabies. We love books! :)
Thanks so much!

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28 Sarah C May 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

These are precious!

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29 Rachael May 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I would love to win these – my son would enjoy them, I know!

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30 Wehaf May 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I think the elephant book sounds charming!

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31 Karen Propes May 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Love to win these look so adorable!
ncjeepster@aol.com

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32 Michelle May 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I’d love the books for my girls. We have so much fun looking at books together!

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33 Kirsten T. May 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Cute books! Thanks!

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34 Idaho Jill May 16, 2010 at 1:10 am

Cute, cute, cute! thanks!

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35 Deb May 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

My daughter loves books & would enjoy these!

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36 Shannon May 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

both of my kids LOVE books!

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37 Karen Propes May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I would love to win these for my Granddaughter, she loves to read, she has a bookcase at my house just for “HER” books, she will sit for hours reading. These are great books and sound exciting. Please add me to the giveaway . Thanks
ncjeepster@aol.com

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38 Alison S. May 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

We are always looking for new picture books at my house. These look like they would be “kid approved”.

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39 Marissa May 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

The books look awesome!

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40 Lisa L May 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

My son would enjoy these books =)

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41 trixx May 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Fun books! I’d love to get them for my daughter.

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42 Julie May 24, 2010 at 1:34 am

What fun treats these would be for my kids :)
jmillermama at gmail dot com

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