Teachers love this classic children’s book. Why? It’s an excellent tool for teaching foreign language or ESL. Available in Spanish, German, French, English and other translations, this New York Times bestseller has been enjoyed by families for generations. With each turn of the page, students meet a different animal illustrated in bright, rainbow colors – a yellow duck sees a blue horse, a blue horse sees a green frog, and so on. The repetition and simple rhythm of the words makes it easy to learn animal vocabulary, colours, and word order.
Bill Martin Jr. (1916 – 2004), author of over 300 books for children, and talented illustrator Eric Carle teamed up to create books that make learning to read fun. I also recommend the companion books: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? which focuses on animal sounds and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? which features animals that are endangered species.
When looking for a children’s book, you can’t go wrong with the classics! Try these picture books featured on this website: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, or The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (click on Relevant Links below for book reviews).