Cynthia Vance

Cynthia Vance

Cynthia Vance wrote Abbeville children's book, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You (My First Colors), published in 2008, and edited Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper as well as Ami Rubinger's Big Cat, Small Cat; Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10; and I Dream of an Elephant. She lives in New York City.

Are You Sleeping, Little One?

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Prepare little ones for bedtime with this whimsical book of simple rhymes and gentle, soothing pictures.

Are you sleeping, little ducking,
tucking your bill under one wing?

And are you sleeping, my little one,
cuddling with me when the day is done?

With lyrical rhymes, this charming board book describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes. Are You Sleeping, Little One? is the perfect way for little ones (and parents!) to end the day

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Red, Yellow, Blue, and You

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An essential boardbook for young children illustrated with vibrant red, yellow, and blue colors of everyday objects.

Red, Yellow, Blue, and You, an adaptation of Abbeville’s beautiful My First Colors series, features each primary color to teach children about the role of red, yellow, and blue in their everyday lives. The texture of watercolor collages makes children want to touch the pages and, with sturdy pages and a padded cover, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You is tough enough to withstand the daily (and nightly) wear and tear of little hands.

“Are you ready for red?” ranges from buckets of berries to urban landscapes of stop signs and fire engines. Asking, “What can you do with yellow?” bright watercolors of lions, lemons, bumblebees, and taxis fill the pages. And “Bring on the blue!” introduces a countryside of forget-me-nots, bluefish, and a starry night sky.

With collages of torn paper watercolors and simple poetic text, this attractive boardbook will be enjoyed time and time again. Young children will learn that a single word can encompass many “shades” of meaning, and that colors are what make everyday life vivid and exciting.

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