Joanie O. McClinton
“What is your favorite color?” is a charming children’s book that takes young readers through the world of colors… I was left in awe of the author’s captivating style. The use of language and colorful imagery is sure to keep you entranced from beginning to end—capturing the reader’s attention and sparking their imagination. In addition, the book’s interactive nature encourages children to think about their favorite colors and why they like them, which can help to develop their creativity and imagination.
The book’s simple language and relatable examples make it accessible to young readers. For example, readers are introduced to a beautifully drawn picture of a tree with green leaves on the first page. The following page poses the question, “What is your favorite color?” and provides an answer, “My favorite color is green because I like the green leaves on the trees.” This example is easy for young children to relate to and sets the stage for the rest of the book.
Throughout the book, readers are presented with colorful illustrations and relatable examples of favorite colors– exploring them through food, clothing, and the natural world. The author’s questions invite children to think creatively and engage with the book’s content. And by exploring their favorite colors, children can learn to express themselves in new and creative ways.
The book’s question-and-answer format is a great way to encourage children to interact with the text and develop their critical thinking skills. In addition, it invites them to reflect on their own experiences and preferences, which can help them to create a sense of self-awareness and self-expression.
The author has a knack for painting vivid pictures with few words, allowing readers to experience all the magic that color can bring. She should be commended for successfully embedding an approach to writing that is both engaging and educational, making it accessible to developing readers of all ages.
Its simple language, relatable examples, and interactive format make it an ideal book for parents or educators looking to introduce young children to the world of colors. Colors play a significant role in our emotions, thoughts, and experiences. So the book’s message is timely and timeless, making it a valuable addition to any young reader’s collection.
McClinton’s work is a great tool for educators and parents looking to teach children about colors in a fun and engaging way. It’s truly a fantastic read that I highly recommend!
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024