Two new picture books from Little Door Books, kindly sent for review
How Billy Hippo Learned his Colours
Vivian French and Hannah Foley
Billy Hippo has learned swimming but he now needs to learn his colours because he wants to give his dad a special birthday present – something pink as his siblings suggest.
The trouble is Billy has yet to learn his colours.
Nevertheless he sets out looking for pink flowers along the path beside the river.
There are flowers aplenty, of a variety of colours, as the parrot he meets is quick to tell him.
Gradually though with the bird’s help, by a process of elimination Billy does come to know what the colour pink looks like;
but does he succeed in finding the right colour flowers for his dad? I wonder …
Children learn their colours through a variety of experiences, just like Billy and Vivian French ’s story will help in that learning process. So too will Hannah Foley’s bold bright illustrations, made all the more fun by the presence of a pair of mischievous-looking frogs that follow Billy in his search, one clutching a pink flower.
You can download a free audio-book of the story along with some songs from the publisher’s website.
A little girl (the narrator) dons her boots and goes off out to play, followed by her harassed-looking mum.
Once in the garden the child views her surrounding and then lets her imagination soar as she announces, ‘There’s a CIRCUS in my garden.’
The washing line becomes a high wire; there are clowns, trick cyclists and a ‘trapeze in the trees.’
A troupe of acrobats performs under the direction of the ringmaster extraordinaire – Molly – who gets a little bit carried away …
Happily though, mum is on hand to provide exactly what’s needed.
Debut picture book creator Esther Kent’s exuberant, detailed artwork fizzes with energy and glows with warmth; every spread is a wonderful reminder of how children are able to transform the mundane into something magical.
You can find Molly’s Circus song from the publisher’s website.