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Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! (Jane Godwin, illus by Jane Reiseger, Affirm Press)

Young children love listening to rhyming text. Even though they may not understand rhyming, they enjoy the sounds of the rhymes and the rhythm of the words. These kinds of books are often the ones they want to read again and again. Young readers and listeners will be entertained by this simple, playful book that introduces colours, numbers, and so much more. The structure will have readers going back to pages to look for certain details, especially when the last page asks: ‘Did you spot that mouse?’ This is a big, bold and bright book that’s perfect to spread open to share with small children. It is a pleasure to hold and turn the pages of a well-designed, well-printed and well-produced, sturdy picture book such as this one. The illustrations use simple line drawings with splashes of strong colours against a crisp white background, and the text is clear and neatly set out alongside the relevant pictures. Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! is highly recommended for pre-readers and beginner readers.

Margaret Hamilton is a former children’s book publisher. She is now proprietor of Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage in Blackheath


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