Terri Rose Baynton
Little Steps, 2022
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Monster One likes red; Monster Two likes blue. And the two quite happily paint side-by-side with their favourite colours until a dollop of red paint ends up in the tin of blue. But instead of squabbling about it, the two monsters decide to mix them together to see what happens – and are delighted with the result.
As well as being useful for teaching our youngest readers the names of the colours, and perhaps even experimenting with new combinations such as using blue and yellow or yellow and red, then perhaps going further and playing with tints and hues, this is also about being willing to step out of our comfort zone to try something new, such as a new food or activity.
Written in rhyme which provides the rhythm young listeners like, it also offers opportunities for them to share their own knowledge – if they were painting with only red, what objects would be their focus? It could even focus on conflict resolution strategies. Early childhood teachers will find much teaching scope in this.