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A Red Train
Publisher: Boxer Books
Binding: Board Book
Year Distributed: 2010 - 2011
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Shapes, Colors
Come take a ride with animals in a book that covers two concepts—colors and forms of transportation. A charming cat looks happily out the window of a red train, a bunny rides in a yellow rocket, and there's also a blue car, an orange submarine, a green bus, a purple boat, and more!
Age Group Newborn
What’s Happening at this Age
- Recognizing familiar voices
- Gazing at high contrast pictures
- Looking at faces
Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!
Why did we select this book?
A newborn cannot focus on the complex illustrations in many books. The more contrast in the book the more an infant's eyes can see. We liked the solid page of color on the left, allowing for a new explosion of color at the turn of every page. The amusing animals on the right will become even more engaging as your child grows and can see more detail, like the cat peeking out of the window of the submarine.
Say the name of the color as you turn the pages for your baby. Of course, they will not know the word blue or be able to identify the color blue for a long time yet, but you start the learning process by building a connection between the sound of the word and the color on the page. Also feel free to talk with your little one about what you see in the pictures. The sound of your voice is a wonderful thing to your infant and they will enjoy hearing you talk about the alligator, giraffe, and elephant you see on the bus.
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