by Eric Carle
The second book in our Featured Books: Color series, is a bright, fun story with pictures that pop from the pages, as Eric Carle is so famous for. J always reaches and slides his hands down the sheets of this book, in what I imagine as him trying to feel the animals!
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse is a wonderful confidence booster for your budding artists at home! The main character in the story is proud that he is an artist, with his full two page spread of the blue horse, red crocodile, yellow cow, pink rabbit, green lion, orange elephant, purple fox, black polar bear, and polka-dotted donkey. Another reason why I love this book is because the animals’ colors aren’t the “right” real life colors for each animal. The little boy takes risks to paint what he wants and the pictures are beautiful!
Such a great message to give to our little ones…take the risk and try what you feel is right- in painting, in reading, in life!
Another great thing about this book is that it’s a large, beautiful picture book. Kiddos can see pictures and colors that they know and quickly pick up on the flow of the story to help recognize the pattern of the words and encourage shared reading with you! Great encouragement for preschoolers and early readers to take the risk and try to read! Make sure you continually praise, praise, praise your little one for any attempt or involvement with reading! The more positive you are, the greater confidence your tot will build, along with comfort knowing that it’s okay to take a chance and maybe have to try again.
Okay Natalie, so what else can I do with this book?
After reading the story to your little one (refer to the infant, toddler/preschooler and/or early reader tips), see the links below for some activities to go along with The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse!
Infant activities: Bathtub Paints!
Toddlers, Preschoolers and Early Readers:
Thanks for reading!