Introducing the new children's series. KIDS LIKE ME . . . Featuring adorable and diverse children with Down syndrome on every page, and many of their siblings too, these chunky, sturdy books are perfect for youngsters who are ready to start learning their colors and ABCs.
KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN COLORS teaches primary colors, plus orange, green, purple, pink, brown, black, white, silver, gold, gray, and a ...
Introducing the new children's series. KIDS LIKE ME . . .
Featuring adorable and diverse children with Down syndrome on every page, and many of their siblings too, these chunky, sturdy books are perfect for youngsters who are ready to start learning their colors and ABCs.
KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN COLORS teaches primary colors, plus orange, green, purple, pink, brown, black, white, silver, gold, gray, and a multi-color rainbow. Every page features a child with Down syndrome wearing a shirt and playing with an object of the same color, photographed against a crisp, white background. Borders contain the word for English and Spanish. After all, it's never too early to start bilingual education!
For another book in the series, see KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN ABCs.
Part of a board book series entitled "Kids Like Me," the focus is on children with special needs. The credentials of the author are printed on the back cover and the blurb notes that she is a Certified Child Life Specialist and advocate for children with Down Syndrome. The book presenting colors is bilingual (Spanish and English) and the colors are introduced in words, with a shape in the featured color and in the clothing and objects found in each photograph as well as the page border. Yellow is a triangle and the little girl has a yellow shirt and socks and a yellow ducky perched on her head. It is one of the sillier pictures, but should give kids a chuckle. Purple is an octagon and the young girl is holding a bunch of grapes. Gold shows a happy toddler holding a gold star. One surprise was the repetition of shapes, the absence of ovals and a diamond shape shown as a rhomboid which is not readily recognizable. This is a book that will resonate with it intended audience—special needs children—but it is also useful in helping those who are not part of that group understand that these kids enjoy normal activities. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS—The youngsters depicted in these small, easy-to-handle concept books have facial features characteristic of children with Down syndrome. Their smiles engage readers and pull them into the simple contents. ABCs has one letter per page with a noun known to most preschoolers represented in several ways: a color photo of a child or children playing with, holding, wearing, or eating the item named (e.g., apple, balloon, hat), a simple graphic depiction of it in the outer border, the word and the letter in upper- and lowercase bold colors, and the letter in sign language. In Colors, the child wears a garment or holds a toy or common food representing the color. At the border the name of the color is written in both English and Spanish and is shown as a shape (e.g., a red square, orange circle, yellow triangle). In both books, boys and girls are represented, and they range in age from infancy to three or four years. These titles are clear and focused throughout and could appeal to any preschooler.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)
Meet the Author
Laura Ronay has worked in the field of child development for the past 15 years, and currently is a Certified Child Life Specialist with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Laura lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three boys and enjoys being an advocate for her niece, Ella, and other children with Down Syndrome.
Jon Wayne Kishimoto is a professional photographer who works on commerical and editorial projects. He lives and works in San Francisco, California with his wife and two daughters.