Blue Hat, Green Hat

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Funny animals teach toddlers colors and make 'em laugh.

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Educational Value

Blue Hat, Green Hat teaches toddlers and preschoolers to recognize colors and articles of clothing (hat, shirt, pants). Parents also can ask children to identify the different animals in the book (elephant, bear, moose, turkey).

Positive Messages

Blue Hat, Green Hat shows little ones, and parents, that everyday objects are learning tools.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The book shows silly animals having fun with colors and clothes.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blue Hat, Green Hat, Sandra Boynton's book about colors, gives parents a simple, fun way to teach toddlers and preschoolers the concept of identifying specific articles of clothing -- worn by a group of four comical animals -- by type and color. Parents also can use the book to encourage children to identify the animals and count them. As is her trademark, Boynton adds fun and nonsense. The silly turkey repeatedly puts his clothing on the wrong part of his body, for example. This author-illustrator keeps children engaged with simple lessons and plenty of laughs. A Blue Hat, Green Hat app is available.

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What's the story?

In Sandra Boynton's BLUE HAT, GREEN HAT, an elephant, a moose, a bear, and a turkey put on articles of clothing, each in a different color. For example, on one page, the elephant wears a red shirt, the bear a blue shirt, the moose a yellow shirt, and the turkey, green. However, on almost every page, the turkey puts the clothes on the wrong body part ("Oops"), which makes children laugh and think about where the clothing should go. At the end of the book, the turkey has all his different-colored clothes on his body correctly, but then he does something very silly -- he dives into a swimming pool.

Is it any good?

Full of funny drawings and solid colors, Blue Hat, Green Hat gives parents a fun way to teach small children to identify colors, animals, and articles of clothing. Sandra Boynton has a perfect understanding of toddler humor, and children will laugh at the silly turkey who puts shoes on his head and socks on his hands. This is a fun, educational, useful little book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about colors and animals. Which animal has yellow pants? What color shirt does the turkey have?

  • Do you think it's funny when the animals put clothes on the wrong parts of their bodies? Have you ever done this?

  • What's your favorite color? Are any of your clothes that color?

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