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Picture Book Review: Gold

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Picture Book Review: Gold

The idea of having a series of books focusing on specific colors for each book is very appealing to me.

We received this book from Aspen Rose Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Picture Book Review Date: February 2nd, 2016
Written by: Abi Ayres
Illustrated by: Clarissa Anderson
Cover Copy

A Collection of Colors is a series of list poems converted into children’s books. List poems are a carefully thought out list of things, people, places or events that are meant to make readers reflect and ponder. Discover powerful life lessons as you dive into the imagination of a young girl, who examines different colors and their meanings. “Gold” is the first book in the series.


I have to say, I adore the colors in this book. {It doesn’t hurt that the nursery is decorated in grey and gold}. And I think the illustrations are adorable! The pops of color seemed to engage Madeline, and she appeared to be interested in what was happening on the page. I really like the idea of this book and the series. I love colors, and love to color-coordinate things {including Madeline’s baby books}, so the idea of having a series of books focusing on specific colors for each book is very appealing to me.

The only thing I would like to have seen in this book is a stronger through-line for the moral in the overarching theme. It was leading up to the Golden Rule, but that part feels a little bit tacked on rather than leading seamlessly into it the way I think the book was going for. I think a mention of “people think gold will bring them happiness” or some similar one-liner at the start of the book would have been a simple addition and would have tied the beginning and end together much better for me.

Aside from that, I think this is an adorable book. Madeline enjoyed it, and I’m very interested to see what the author and artist do with the next colors in the series.

Baby Ratings
  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 4/10
  • Font Readability: 9/10
  • Baby Engagement: 9/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 4/10


Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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