Monday, February 4, 2008

Blue Goose

Blue Goose, by Nancy Tafuri, is a new book along the lines of the classic, Mouse Paint. When Farmer Gray goes on a trip, four colorful animals decide the drab barnyard needs sprucing up. Each contributes his/her color, and they sometimes team up (mixing colors) for purples, greens, etc. For example, White Duck paints the fence white, and Blue Goose and Red Hen work together to paint the barn doors purple. When the night comes, Blue Goose adds a blue haze to everything.

This is a good one for teaching colors. Also, whereas Mouse Paint just deals with the colors themselves, Blue Goose has objects to identify. It allows you to ask questions like, "What color is the sun? Who will have to paint that?" (Yellow Chick)

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