In this poetic celebration of color, Hindley provides a multi-textured and unique view of various colors through long lists of images for each color. Drawing on common place and unusual images, she also provides an emotional diversity within her imagery by presenting the colors of nature along with the hues of darker things like the pallor of an ill face. Bostock's multi-layered illustrations are finely detailed depictions of the poetic images that are sure to delight the eye.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5A dozen free-verse poems, each about a different color. This book has an overall attractive look that does not hold up well under close examination. Some of the poems use vivid images and melodious language: in "Blue," for instance, there is the "...hot quick blue of a dragonfly." However, others consist mainly of lists that lean toward the incongruous: "Poppies, cherries, roses, bricks,/Rubies, blood, and traffic lights." Still others use images that don't ring true. For instance, is an ill person ever really white? Bostock's watercolors convey nice touches of fantasy and wonder, with fine graceful lines that add delicacy and refinement. Unfortunately, the colors, which you'd expect to be a strong point in a book on this topic, are instead a weakness. There's simply too much orange: the red page looks orange, the pink page looks orange, even the yellow page looks orange. Poetry collections will be better served by some of the many other wonderful titles available.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL