Everyday when Betty wakes up, she is a different colour. All the little chickens wait to see, just what colour she will be!
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Hardcover children's book 32pp, printed on beautiful, smooth paper. Written, illustrated and designed by Sally Mazak. Published by SalMaz Studios, ISBN 0 9758322 0 4
A wall story book – yes the pages pull out! Frame them or stick them on the wall.
What colours am I? is a demonstrated literacy tool, suitable for ages 0–5. It combines simple layers of learning stages.
Its simplicity and rhythm are accompanied by the detail, sweetness and fun of each illustration. Children bond deeply with Betty; some children will only read ‘The Betty Book’! :)
Personal testimonials have confirmed a boost in their child’s confidence to learn and to speak words. What colours am I? is designed in a large, clear font and plays with colour, rhyme and repetition for learning. One librarian said:
“An English teaching friend of mine was asked to teach a South American child English – as a favour for a friend. She wasn’t prepared with any children’s books and asked if I could provide her with some. I gave her a pile, and this is the one book which he refused to put down as he loved it so much. Of course, he also learnt his basic colours!”
The back section of the book provides care givers with questions and discussion points – often just the thing a tired adult needs.
These questions help you expand upon the basic story by inviting the child’s participation. This fun approach allows the child to explore the illustrations and absorb new details within the pictures.
What colours am I? has had a strong response from children and parents. We are very appreciative to have received a number of "Just a note to say..." messages!
REVIEWS FROM THE ENGAGE VICTORIA WEBSITE
"By far Sailor's favourite book for two weeks now and still going." S.Mariani
“What colour are you? Rainbow coloured! We think your book is lovely, Sally. Congratulations.” Books Illustrated, Albert Park, Melbourne
“Just a wee email to say we love the aqua chicken the best. We LOVE it…it's a beautiful book. Ethan is Betty’s biggest fan!” C. Potts
“Max went to the letter box yesterday looking for his book because Nana won't let him have hers. So I guess he will have to look for the next few weeks. Best of luck with the rest of the books to come and I will have a standing order for 4.” M.Shervington
“A gift that continues to give!” A.Ross
“Just a note to thank you for the opportunity to have a copy of your lovely book. Thanks also for the beautiful message to Xara Lilly. You can be sure that she will enjoy having the book read and re-read to her over her formative years.” E.Halloran
“Just wanted to let you know that my little girl Holly LOVES 'What Colours am I'. She squeals with delight whenever we read it together. I will admit that I have actually turned it into a song!! Pink Betty is her favourite. Thank you! When your next book comes out, we will definitely add that to our collection!” Z.Austin
“The book looks awesome! I read my copy to Zoë (3), my boss's daughter and now it's her favourite book, she wouldn't put it down, so I gave her a copy!”
“The book is fab!!!! I brought it into work and everyone loves it…a lady really wants one for her grandchild and I also would like another 2 for my cousins.”
“Just a quick note to say my kids love your story about Betty! Annie reads it to Michael and they love it!” O.Fellas