- Book Style: Toddler story book with rhymes
- 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: Oh so sharp and colorful
- 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 a toddler story book written by Peter Thomas. We follow the young Billy Bee on an adventure through nature and wilderness, as he falls asleep while riding a leaf down a river. When he awakes, Billy finds himself in a not-so-nice place and needs to find a way out. He eventually finds another friend named Jolly Jillie who teaches him all about friendship and love and also sets him on his way back home.
The first thing you’re going to notice about Colors of Love is just how vibrant and colorful the illustrations are. There are literally hundreds of objects on every page, and each one is so detailed. I could not believe the sheer amount of color I was looking at, nor the sheer number of different colors on every page. Each page felt like a rainbow, and my little guy absolutely loved it.
The other thing you’ll immediately notice is the fact that every page has two rhymes on it. The format of the book is such that every page has a rhythm and a cadence to it, and so you (as the parent) can read it extremely easily. You can get a bit of a rhythm going as you march through the pages and that’s so important for your toddler’s retention.
Despite all of those great things, I think the best part about the book is the messages that you’ll impart on your toddler. From the concepts of love and friendship to positive messages about nature, sleep, and dreams, this book says a ton of great things to young children. Not only that, but it does it in a way that doesn’t feel pushy or over the top. Peter Thomas has simply put the messages in his story and lets your little one absorb them on their own. I love it when authors do this because I know personally that if I tell my child something is good, they’ll automatically tell me it’s bad. You too, hey?
One other thing that I should mention about the story is the incredible positivity found within its pages. Other than a brief stint in the middle where Billy Bee gets lost in a bit of a rough looking place, the story stays positive and all of the characters stay smiling. It’s a bright and (almost) shiny book that leaves toddlers and young children with the distinct feeling of positivity. That makes it a great choice for a late night read, or even right before bed time.
Now, every so often I take the time to talk a little about an author. I do this when an author’s story strikes me, or when I find something about an author that contributes to the meaning behind their book.
What I found with Peter Thomas is that, although he’s written his whole life, he’s also been a career contractor in a pretty tough business. He’s spent a good time in his life (30 years no less) as a commercial and residential concrete contractor. Despite that, he’s stayed true to his heart and has always written. From journals to stories, Peter has kept his love of writing alive and well.
Not only that, but he came up with the idea of Billy Bee years ago (25 to be exact). He’s kept the character of Billy Bee alive, and he’s developed the story and the characters to what they are today. I can honestly tell you that he’s done a bang up job of producing an incredible character and story, and so I get why he spent so much time working on this. He truly had a vision and then executed it.
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.
In the end, this is a great toddler story book. Peter Thomas has built a couple of great characters, put them in a wonderful world filled with color and imagination, and then topped it all off with a very positive story, and fantastic messaging. There’s simply nothing negative to say about this book, and I can clearly recommend it to you as a parent of a toddler or young child. All in all, for a whopping $3.98 USD for a Kindle copy and $11.99 for a Paperback copy, this book is a fantastic value.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,