3 out of 4 stars
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In What's your favorite color?, Amber L. Lassiter tells us about a day at school with a specific assignment. All students had to come to school wearing a clothing item in their favorite color. In school, they had to paint a picture using their favorite color for at least one element. For the occasion, the teacher had used colorful decoration in the classroom. When the kids were ready to start painting, Amber realized she forgot her watercolors at home. She asked her classmates to use some of their paint without giving away her favorite color. Can the reader figure it out before the end of the book?
This book, aimed at children, has a beautiful cover, hinting at the colorful paintings the children will make. The story itself includes dialogue between the children, talks about cooperation and sharing, and teaches about colors. The author adds questions that invite the readers to think about what is happening and what the classmates are thinking and feeling.
I like the cooperation between the children, they share their paint with Amber, and they all look forward to learning the favorite color of the others.
I am not a big fan of the way the questions appear throughout the book. I understand it may be easier to have the question close to the text it relates to, but for me, it interrupts the flow of reading. The book leaves blank space for the reader to try and answer the questions. This looks nice, but it is not practical when reading on an e-reader. I am not too fond of this in a paper book either since a second reader won't have the same joy in reading and thinking about the book. There were just a few typos.
For the above reasons, I rate this book three out of four stars. I can recommend it to children and their parents or educators, but when used in a school, I'd request that the children not write on the blank pages.
What's Your Favorite Color?
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