The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is a deceptively simple book that, on first read, seems to be nothing more than a collection of boldly colourful animals purportedly painted by the boy in the book, who declares on the very first page: “I am an artist.”
Eric Carle’s ABC is obviously a book on the alphabet, but Eric Carle’s illustrations somehow make this book different from the run-of-the-mill ABC book.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a classic children’s book that is written in such a way that even babies will be able to follow the story, thanks to the simple, repetitive words and sentence structure used — “______ ______, ______, ______, what do you see? I see a ____ ____ looking at me.” — and big, bold illustrations of animals. Children will learn to recognise animals as well as colours, since every animal is ‘assigned’ a different colour, even if that may not be its actual colour, e.g. a blue horse or purple cat.
Possibly the most famous and widely read children’s board book around, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a cleverly crafted book that uses a deceptively simple story of a very hungry little caterpillar to integrate myriad concepts like different types of food, days of the week, counting — and it even touches on the life cycle of a butterfly!