There's a new audiobook version of this book (which I reviewed HERE on 5 Minutes for Mom). It's a pretty nice recording (and may have become my new first baby gift, bundled with a few of the board books), but what makes it worth the listen is the interview with Eric Carle. In it, he talks about how he and Bill Martin, Jr. came to collaborate on this first book, and how Bill Martin's influence helped him to write his own wonderful children's books later.
There are so many things I love about this book:
- The format -- I always buy the board book version to encourage toddlers to "read" it on their own. It's so simple and rhythmic that they soon can "read" it to themselves.
- The art -- I love Eric Carle's bright colors and artistic collage style. It doesn't get old upon repeated readings (and like I said, I would know).
- The concept -- animals and colors are introduced to young children in an easy way.
Find more picture book recommendations at 5 Minutes for Books' Children's Classics, Picture Book edition.