I love books that introduce art to children, so when I was asked to take a look at Six by Katherine Bradford, I was immediately on board. I waited anxiously for it to arrive, and when it did, my little one was even more excited than I. We were headed out the door when the mail came, and he insisted on taking the book on the trip.
He loved the bright pictures, and though lighter than some of his other board books, this one seems equally sturdy. Over the course of the next week, we shared it with his older brother, his babysitter, and several friends. The kids all the thought it was fantastic. They thumbed through it numerous times in one sitting, stopping to study a picture they especially liked. The adults all loved the illustrations, but the majority of them had the same concern I did: the number words in the book are not in sequential order.
If you have a little one who doesn’t have a firm grasp of counting, this book may not be for you. Mine gets stuck on 4, 5, 6, and repeats it over and over again, until he thinks it’s time for 10. So using this to help him figure out number sequencing when counting is not going to work. However, once he does have a better understanding of counting, we will definitely be using the book. The figures in each painting correspond to the number given, so it’s great to reinforce counting and introduce number words.
As an introduction to modern art, it is wonderful. The figures are just abstract enough to allow for a little one’s imagination to expand, but not so vague as to leave the more analytical thinkers unsure of what they are seeing. The colors are bright without being harsh, and the nautical theme is gender neutral. Overall, a really great read for those looking to introduce more advanced counting skills, non-linear thinking, and art appreciation.
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Six by Katherine Bradford is published by Homegrown Books. As part of their Mini Museum Series, 5% of all profits from this book are donated to the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, a non-profit that provides grants to struggling public schools to support child-centered learning and creativity in the classroom. Book was provided for review by the publisher. Featured image taken from Homegrown Books, all other images supplied by the writer.