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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Baryn, Bump’s new pet in Bump and the New Pet by T.D. Ashcraft. Bump found him in a tree, and Baryn is a rainbow rhino-bat. Baryn’s horn changes color with his mood. Bump does not shut the windows in time when Baryn starts to fly about. Baryn flies out, his horns a happy yellow while heading for open skies. He dives and slices through the air and banks above a bully’s head and gives him a fright. The angry child throws stones at Baryn and his horns turn blue. Bump comes to rescue his friend and together they go back to Monsterland.
I like the way the author has introduced colors to children and associated them with various moods. Not only do children get to learn about colors, they will also learn how to connect colors with their feelings, emotions, and moods. The illustrations are vibrant and bright and they make the scenes vivid and lively, along with making the concept clear to young readers. Bump is adorable and his new pet Baryn is equally as lovable. The book also introduces rhyming words to readers in a fun and interesting way. It is a good story for classroom story-telling sessions and can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Parents, teachers, and educators can use the story for teaching children about rhyme schemes, colors, and moods in an interesting way. Story books like this are good for children to make learning fun, simple, and easy.