Learning Resources: Cleo’s Color Book by Caroline Mockford

This is the first of a new feature on resources I (well, we) have used to teach our little one.  I’ll try to add a new book, recording, or other resource weekly.

When my daughter was a newborn, we bought her several books from Barefoot Books.  Those included Cleo’s Color Book by Caroline Mockford.  We used the book primarily to teach our daughter her colors, but it has several uses.

Colors:  Of course we used this book to help teach our daughter her colors.  Now we are working on teaching her exactly what the primary colors are.  We read the book, and we watch Sesame Street’s “Three Primary Colors” video on YouTube immediately before or after.  We then use the final pages to show her how mixing primary colors results in different secondary colors.  We keep the pages open while we use Crayola washable paints and a thrift store muffin tin to mix paints and paint on cardstock.

Rhyming:  Not long after I started teaching my little one about rhyming words, she started pointing out the rhyming words in this book.

Adjectives:  I think you could use this book to help teach a child adjectives because it has a lot of descriptive words in it–other than colors, of course.

At age three, my daughter was able to read this book, so it’s not one to keep around forever.  But it serves multiple purposes, isn’t annoying like some children’s books, and the illustrations are bright, uncluttered, and (for obvious reasons) colorful.  We don’t have any other books about Cleo, so I can’t make any statement about the cat, whom I understand some children love.  (Sorry.)  If you can find a copy in your library or a thrift store, I recommend it.


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