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Author: George Rodrigue and Bruce Goldstone

Illustrator: George Rodrigue

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Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc., 2002

Material: hard cover

Summary: The author invites the reader to explore all the colors his dog can be ... and why Blue Dog is blue. Learn about the vast color palette ( and not just primary colors) with this picture book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler loves this book and will thumb throught it independently. S/He especially likes some of the food-colored names.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is fun to read (and we've read it A LOT)! We especially like how it expands a child's color palette into new directions, using bold and subtle shades to introduce new hues.

Pros: The story moves quickly, and Blue Dog is on every page. The "shifting" palette is a great way to introduce colors you won't find in other books for a younger target audience.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This one will be around for a long time. First you'll read it to the kids, then they'll read it to themselves.

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Educational Themes: In addition to introducing wonderful colors, the book offers actual visuals for children to "think outside the book." You can play lots of "what if X were Y color? games.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, colors, art

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006

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