Monday, 21 September 2015

Alain Grée series: Colours + Numbers

Colours + Numbers

By Alain Grée
Published by Button Books


Button Books have recently released a range of board and hardback books that feature the talented Alain Grée’s stunning archive of vintage imagery. You may recognise these illustrations from the 1960s and 70s, his distinctive style of using bold colours and a simple naivety of form. 

The hard back range covers the following titles: Nature, Transport, Alphabet, Colours, Exploring, The Farm, Numbers, Seaside and Seasons. I was fortunate enough to receive the two titles, Colours and Numbers, which are both filled with stunning illustrations and are wonderful introductions into those subjects for young children.

In Colours, the book introduces the primary colours and what colours can be achieved by mixing a combination of those colours. Examples of everyday objects are given per colour. It also covers colour and safety which looks at emergency vehicles, signs and traffic lights. Other sections include dark and light, coloured clothing, maps and plans, spot the difference and which is followed by a quiz. The book is informative and offers facts and little activities, great for introducing children into the amazing world of colour. There is also a lovely addition of a colouring-in poster on the back of the dust jacket.

In Numbers, there are exercises throughout the book to help reinforce what the child is learning. Starting with the topic, Can you count? Which covers counting creatures under the sea. Other topics include, how many? equal numbers, adding, taking away, missing numbers, counting in twos and multiplying. There is also a nice introduction into shopping and using money. Sharing, division and 3d shapes are also covered.  There are plenty of sums and a quiz at the back. With beautiful illustrations throughout, it definitely makes learning and simple maths a joy. The back of this dust jacket offers a lovely number chart from 1 - 10.

These books certainly bring back childhood memories and would make a lovely gift to any new parents or for children from the ages 2+. Though being such beautiful books, I don’t think I want to leave these books alone with my little one just yet. For younger ones, there is also a board back range of My First Book Of… Sounds, Nature, Letters, Colours, Numbers, Vehicles and Animals. Button Books also offer a range of flash and activity cards.

If you’re a fan of Alain Grée, then you’ll love these beautiful books. Available online from Button Books here.

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