The Dog Who Loved Red by Anitha Balachandran
March 14, 2011 in Balachandran Anitha, Elementary Educators, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Shared Writing Tags: math activities, picture books about colors, picture books about dogs, Shared Writing
*Picture book for preschoolers through first graders
*Cute pup as main character
*Rating: The Dog Who Loved Red is an excellent way to teach or review colors with small children! Cute story and even cuter illustrations.
Short, short summary: Raja the dog loves red! He chews on red things in the house, and so Tanvi takes him to the park. Raja sees his friend Champ, a Dalmatian, and they like to play with an old, red ball together. But the ball gets lost. Of course, Raja has no problem tracking it down because it’s red! While he is retrieving it, he runs into all sorts of colors like a big, blue hose and a violet gate. When he comes home, he has a rainbow of colors on him, and he gets quite a reward! (I won’t reveal it, but dogs won’t want to listen to the last page. )
So, what do I do with this book?
1. While children are enjoying the cute story in The Dog Who Loved Red, allow them to pick out the different colored objects that are listed in the book. For really young children, you can ask them to pick out the object in the book and then pick out something with the same color in the classroom or at home.
2. Raja’s favorite color is red. Make a bar graph of your students’ favorite colors once you finish this book. Give each student a stickee note (square-shaped) and ask them to write their favorite color on it out of the colors mentioned in the book. Across the bottom of a chalkboard or dry-erase board, write the color words. Then ask students to bring up their stickee notes and create a bar for each color. To do this, students “stack” their stickee notes one on top of the other to create a bar. When the activity is over, everyone will be able to see what the most popular color is in class.
3. As a shared writing activity, write a new ending for the book. What is a different treat that Raja could get for finding the ball?