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Children's LiteratureWhite can be boring but not with this introduction to common objects associated with this pure color. Although this book focuses on the color white, it is interspersed with a variety of vivid colors that charm young children and make the color white even more distinctive. Part of Capstone Press's "Colors" series—10 books in all—this title takes non-fiction text such as children are exposed to once they start school and presents it in a simple format, complete with basic elements of expository text such as a table of contents, a glossary and an index. Despite these additions, the presentation remains basic and its text an easy read for most first-grade students. The uncomplicated photos and wording will appeal to even younger children in a read-aloud or a pretend read situation. Additional facts inserted in boxes give information in a more complicated vocabulary. A welcome approach in this first-fact-book venue is inclusion of primary text full of simple rhymes and consisting of no more than seven words per page. Both are a pleasant surprise in this type of early reader and important contributors to phonological development. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Cathy Puett Miller