Eric Carle is an American designer, illustrator and writer of children’s books. He is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than 70 books for very young children.
In this book, Hello Red Fox, Eric Carle invites young readers to discover various colours while enjoying the amusing story of a Little frog and his colourful friends. It’s the Little Frog’s birthday. Mama Frog asks her son who he wanted to invite. He reels of a long list of coloured animals. When all of the Little Frog’s friends show up, Mama Frog gets a big surprise as all the animals are the wrong colour.
This is an optical illusion book, fun for young minds as it stimulates their imagination. On every other page there is an animal (opposite of the colour Little Frog describes) with a tiny black dot in the centre. Kids have to stare at the black dot for 10 seconds, then go over to the next page where there is only the little dot, and stare at that dot for 10 seconds. On doing so, they will see the animal appear on that page in the colour that Little Frog says.
It’s a fun book, great for discussing the signs behind the colour theory. Children think the book is a magic. The illustrations in this book are very unique and require its young readers to pay attention to the pages so they can see the opposite colour.
The language used in the story is very simple with easy to understand words and short sentences. The book uses repetitive language which taps the imaginative skills of the toddlers. Kids learn about the colour wheel and its various concepts. They learn what things look from outside may not be the same from inside.
Hello Red Fox is a delightfully simple and funny story. It provides scope for post-reading activities for parents to understand how much the chid has imbibed. A book, I would highly recommend for growing toddlers and preschoolers.
This post is a part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge – #BlogchatterA2Z on the alphabet ‘V’. My theme for this challenge is ‘Books for Kids’. You can find all 26 posts on this topic under the hashtags #themomsagas_books on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter