written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath; illustrated by Peggy Tagel
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
The First Celebrations series of board books serve as an introduction to widely celebrated days in American culture. Celebrations featured include birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. These books have readers practicing counting and naming colors and shapes. In Birthday Counting, readers count down from 5 to 1 as they read about different items (a pinata, candles, presents, balloons, and treat bags) at a birthday party. In Parade Colors, a big parade is an occasion for learning colors. A big red fire engine starts the parade. A drummer is holding orange and yellow drumsticks. Uncle Sam juggles three green balls. Kids hold blue stars and a police officer rides a brown horse. Bright colors abound in this festive board book.
Both of these board books are bursting with colors. Toddlers will delight in the friendly illustrations and the interactivity provided in the text. They will be pointing left and right at different items. These are terrific introductions to important days on the calendar.