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Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites
Mar 13th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

 Where are you hiding?
What are you doing?

It’s no secret that I love concept books which challenge toddlers and explore things beyond basic letters, numbers, colours, etc. So it’s always a thrill for me to find a book that not only reaches beyond the basics, but is beautiful and engaging to boot.

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The Kettles Get New Clothes
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Follow me!” said Monsieur Pip, heading for the dressing rooms. “I have exactly what you need!”

SO THE KETTLES WENT IN . . .

 

When it comes to concepts taught in early childhood, we all know the drill:  alphabet, numbers, shapes, colours, opposites.  These are the basics, obvious to everyone, the building blocks that prepare children to understand more complex ideas.

But there are also concepts that we take for granted as adults, but which do not simply become apparent to youngsters one day out of the blue, like magic.  One of the most ubiquitous of these is the idea of patterns.  How DO toddlers and preschoolers learn what stripes, polka dots, checks or paisley are?

One answer is: they learn them from Dayle Ann Dodds’ The Kettles Get New Clothes. Read the rest of this entry »

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