- Book Style: Kids rhyming story book
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Vibrant, colorful, sharp
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Peter Thomas
- Author’s Page: Peter Thomas and the areallygreatstory.com website
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon US, Amazon UK
- Social Media Links: Facebook
Colors of Love: A Heartwarming Story About Love and Friendship is exactly what it says it is. It’s a heartwarming story about love and friendship written by Peter Thomas. The story starts off telling us all about Billy Bee, our tiny insect protagonist. Billy is enjoying the colors found in nature and ends up taking a “boat” ride in a leaf. He eventually falls asleep and finds himself in a bit of trouble. Fortunately, when it seems he’s lost, he runs into a young girl who will help (Jolly Jillie). Jolly takes Billy on an adventure and shows him all kinds of wonderful things. In the end, Jolly teaches Billy all about love and friendship.
I think the best part about this story is the fact that it contains so many positive messages. From teaching children about the concept of love (and how great that can look), to the concept of friendship, and even a positive message about sleep and dreams, this book has a number of great lessons that every kid will benefit from. I love that I’m not just reading a book with one moral message, but a number that I can impart on my child.
Furthermore, the book is written in rhyme. Now, if you’ve read my reviews here before, you know how important this is for children to absorb information and knowledge. It helps them learn to spell, it helps them learn to read, and it helps them understand the story in general. It also makes it easy for parents to read, and that’s just as important as anything. Peter Thomas has ensured that every page has two rhymes on it, and it really gives the book a major edge over other books.
Finally, I think it’s very important to mention that the story is very positive. There are so many parts that leave kids with happy thoughts. This fact makes Colors of Love a great choice for a bed time story, especially when you add in the positive messaging I mentioned above.
At the top of the review, I always put a few words to describe the illustrations. Let me tell you. These are some of the most vibrant and colorful illustrations I’ve ever seen. Each page is packed with color, and not just dull grays or a few shades of green. Instead, each page is a veritable rainbow and most of the pages nearly pop right off the page at you. Honestly, I now have a new standard for what vibrant means in a children’s story. John Mahomet (our illustrator) has done an incredible job of bringing the world of Billy Bee to life.
On top of the incredible colors and vibrancy, is the sheer volume of characters and objects for your little one to look at. My little guy spent minutes on each and every page, as he wanted to look at all the scenery. This was especially true on the first few pages as flower after flower was examined and discussed. The detail is unbelievable in this book, and I’m not saying that lightly.
Peter Thomas is the epitome of a true children’s author. He’s been a writer his whole life. Throughout a career as a contractor, he’s stayed true to his heart and has continued to write. He’s built stories and created characters for years. Even the character and story of Billy Bee goes back over 25 years to a moment in a coffee shop (side joke: did coffee shops exist 25 years ago?).
What’s incredible to me about that fact is that Peter has been so persistent. He created this character 25 years ago, but has stuck with it and crafted his perfect story. Having seen the results of his labor firsthand, I can say that he’s created a top notch children’s book and so I get why he held on to this for so long.
There’s one other thing I’d like to mention that I think says a lot about our author. As you go through the story, Peter has given you a personal message. He doesn’t start with “thanks for buying my book”. Instead, he starts with “As we raise our children, we try to fill their minds with wonderful moments…”. He goes on to tie into a heartfelt thank you for bringing the book into his home. To me, what this says about Peter is that he cares about kids and he’s honestly just trying to do something positive. Simply put, that’s fantastic and I can applaud anything that benefits children.
I think it’s pretty clear what I’m going to say here. This book is great. The characters are fun and uplifting, the story is incredibly positive, and the illustrations are nothing short of a Disney movie. I’m impressed by the level of detail, and I love that the story imparts so many great memories and messages in children. The author himself impresses me, and his story is being talked about on a number of media outlets (more about that here). All in all, for a whopping $3.98 USD for a Kindle copy and $11.99 for a Paperback copy, this book hits all the right marks for you as a parent.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!