A Color Game for Chester Raccoon

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In this new Kissing Hand board book, Audrey Penn brings us more maternal wisdom to solve another of early childhood’s little issues. Whether on a trip, in a restaurant or a store, children can become bored and fussy. Chester’s Favorite Game provides an activity that will entertain young children anywhere — ...

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Overview

In this new Kissing Hand board book, Audrey Penn brings us more maternal wisdom to solve another of early childhood’s little issues. Whether on a trip, in a restaurant or a store, children can become bored and fussy. Chester’s Favorite Game provides an activity that will entertain young children anywhere — finding things in many colors: White, blue, yellow, red, orange, brown, and black.

Chester Raccoon Saw a bird in a tree.
"It has white feathers,"
He shouted with glee.

Ronny Raccoon said
"Let me play, too!
I see a flower That's cornflower blue!"

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Chester Raccoon Plays this game every day,
Before the night darkens And light fades away.

You can play too!
You can play day or night.
Find Chester’s colors Beginning with white.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Chester Raccoon’s second board book, he and his friends identify colors in the woods—a “cornflower blue” flower, a yellow balloon, an orange butterfly, and a red apple for Owl Teacher. Gibson creates a lighthearted forest environment for expressive Chester and his companions, while Penn encourages readers to observe the world around them: “You can play too!/ You can play day or night./ Find Chester’s colors/ Beginning with white.” Ages 1–3. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
It's a shame that an examination of colors can feel so drab. Chester Raccoon (The Kissing Hand, 1993) explores a rainbow of hues found in the great outdoors. Examples (red apple, brown caterpillar) are often small and difficult to discern against the wooded backdrop; the effort would benefit from a more dynamic design geared to the toddling set. Beginning and ending with the color white, the slight tale moves spread by spread through each featured hue. The name of each color is bolded within the text, but does not otherwise stand out from the rest of the black-on-white print. Each object is named within the verse, which often suffers from the necessity of making meter and rhyme. "School's Owl Teacher / Plays while she sings / ‘See the orange butterfly / Open its wings!' " A final call for audience participation falls flat. "You can play too! / You can play day or night. / Find Chester's colors / Beginning with WHITE." Though the head-on view of Chester's friend Badger hunkered down to go eye to eye with the caterpillar is appealing, too often Chester's expression is fixedly cheerful, and the body language does not vary enough. Without developed visual characterization or effective demonstration of concept, it's best to kiss this one goodbye. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933718583
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press IN
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 501,245
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Audrey Penn is the author of the NY Times bestseller, The Kissing Hand, and its sequels, along with a middle reader series, the Blackbeard quartet. A former ballerina, Audrey takes her one-woman educational program into schools, libraries, and children's hospitals, where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids. A long-time resident of the Washington, DC area, she is a sought-after speaker for groups of teachers and other professionals who work with children.
Award winning illustrator Barbara Leonard Gibson has been a freelance artist in the Baltimore-Washington area for 25 years. Oringally from New York, and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked extensively in many areas, including historical illustration, children's books and magazines, cartooning, portraiture, wildlife illustrations, natural sciences, advertising, fantasy, and science fiction. This is her fifth collaboration with Audrey Penn, with whom she has tea every Thursday afternoon.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Title: A Color Game For Chester Raccoon Author: Audrey Penn Illu

    Title: A Color Game For Chester Raccoon
    Author: Audrey Penn
    Illustrator: Barbara Leonard Gibson
    Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
    Published: 5-15-2012
    ISBN: 13-978-1-93718-58-3
    IBSN: 10- 1-93718-58-7
    E-Book ASIN:
    Pages: 18
    Genre: Children
    Tags: Learning



    Meet Chester Raccoon and follow him in a day of his life as he practices recognizing his color. If you or someone you know is learning their colors this is a wonderful game to see how good you are spotting the different colors around you. Whether it is a white towel hanging on the line or a yellow flower in a neighbor's garden. We are surrounded by color and together they make a beautiful world. See how many colors you can spot throughout Chester's day. Then see how many you can see around you. Soon you will be able to recognize so may more. Chester Raccoon practices every day and if you do too you can surprise everyone with how good you are.



    This is a wonderful book to help the youngsters in our lives learn their colors in a fun and delightful way. Not only do we get to enjoy the story by Audrey Penn, but we get to see the beautiful illustrations by Barbara Leonard Gibson. Enjoy sharing the fun with your young readers. Teach them the joy of reading and open the world for them tomorrow.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    Remember playing ‘I Spy’ with your kids in the car?

    Remember playing ‘I Spy’ with your kids in the car? That was fun! (Way more fun than picking up a cell phone and scaring the rest of the drivers to death, by the way). Well this book, a small board book that offers young children a way to look at the vibrant colors of this world, brings back the fun of teaching and reading with your little ones!

    As Chester Raccoon walks through his forest world, he starts spotting those beautiful colors of our rainbow that, without them, would just leave us with a black-and-white boring world. From yellow balloons floating through the air to the most beautiful cornflower blue petals in the woods, every color is accounted for. Kids will have a ball picking out the colors they love the most!

    The illustrator has done a beautiful job offering pictures of Chester and his friends that will make your kids laugh out loud. And the author has gone back to the A, B, C’s of learning so that your young ones can really soak up and enjoy the rainbow that will forever follow them through their magnificent futures.

    Quill says: A small book with a whole lot of beauty!

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    Colorfully Captivating for Little Ones. Chester Raccoon is back

    Colorfully Captivating for Little Ones.

    Chester Raccoon is back, this time teaching about colors. Join Chester in his colorful game of "I Spy," while he points out the colorful things he sees on his walk. Chester, along with his family and forest friends make things more fun with colorful rhymes, too.

    The book ends with a message for children to play their own version of Chester's game:
    "You can play too! You can play day or night. Find Chester's colors, beginning with WHITE."

    The colored sketch illustrations by Barbara L. Gibson will make make reader's excited about playing Chester's game on their own. Author Audrey Penn does a wonderful job at creating a set of rhymes that will draw the attention of children and the introduction of new vocabulary is gradual and easy to follow. This book would be great for taking along on a day trip or to the park, kids can try to find similar things like Chester did or you can make up your own game. This book is perfect for ages 2+ and can be used in multiple ways from the parent reading to the child and then as a beginning reader, especially once the child begins to recognize the words.

    babyreadz

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    read 3/28 pub May 15, 2012 A Color Game for Chester Raccoon by


    read 3/28 pub May 15, 2012 A Color Game for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn
    ISBN: 9781933718583
    Illustrated very colorful children's book. Not only good for colors but counting games as well.
    TYpical day in the life of Chester the Raccoon and what creatures he comes across and their color. Quite the selection of animals, birds and other natural things.
    Book at the end suggests you play the color game and first start with white...

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