Reviews for Smiley Book of Colors

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
"In every moment, / All the day through: / Smile or frown? / It's up to you." Platitudinous rhymes detract from a cool concept: Kaiser fills her book with sharp color photos of everyday sights (knots on a tree, macaroni in a bowl, etc.) that seem to exhibit eyes and a smiling mouth. The photos are pointlessly grouped by color.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March

K-Gr 1--Smile and look at the bright side of a situation is the moral in this concept book. Each four-line verse is a tribute to a color in the accompanying photo with a deeper message in the text of choosing to be happy. The vividly colored photos show smiling faces found on a car bumper, frosting on a cake, a tree, etc. Eleven colors are featured with, typically, two to four photos for each one. Kaiser started collecting photos of smiles that she found in the real world and from that hobby created a website and now a book. Fun and upbeat, the book could be used for teaching colors and the importance of having a positive attitude.--Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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