A World of Colors: Seeing Colors in a New Way

A World of Colors: Seeing Colors in a New Way

by Marie Houblon
     
 

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A World of Colors is an elegant photographic picture book, perfect for young children who are ready to stretch their minds. The book invites kids into a world where the relationships between colors and their objects are not always as expected, where bananas are not always yellow and where blue and blue and blue may be three different colors. What world is

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A World of Colors is an elegant photographic picture book, perfect for young children who are ready to stretch their minds. The book invites kids into a world where the relationships between colors and their objects are not always as expected, where bananas are not always yellow and where blue and blue and blue may be three different colors. What world is this? It’s the real world.

A combination of sumptuous photography and simple, interactive text makes this a perfect lap book to help kids make giant leaps in their observational skills. Readers are asked to find a whole spectrum of colored objects, from the expected—blue sky, green leaves— to the surprising—pink fish, blue feet. Marie Houblon gives preschool readers a grand tour through the colors of their world in lavish spreads that signal the name of the color in large type and show named objects in that color. The following spread challenges the reader to find the same color in photographs from all over the world. Thus, kids are taken on a world tour of orange, for example—observing orange tangerines on an assembly line in Japan, orange eyes in a robot toy in Britain, and orange hair on a little boy in Ireland. When the name for the color and the color itself don’t match, the text is there to ask why we see things in a funny way sometimes—like why we call it red hair. Then, the reader is encouraged to look beyond the book to identify a world of colors in their own surroundings.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This sophisticated book shows the uses of color and encourages children to find examples in their own environments. Most hues are allotted two spreads. The first one features a solid, saturated page with the color's name in a contrasting shade, facing a close-up photograph framed in black. The second includes two or three additional photos with engaging commentary or questions such as, "Can you find green moss on steps?" From a sea of yellow umbrellas held by Kyoto schoolchildren or "A big green leaf being used as a raincoat" in Nepal to a white-on-white snow angel or a crowd drenched in "purple paint from a special celebration," the images are unexpected and captivating. The statement, "Each color is really lots of different colors" is illustrated by a picture of blue doors in a paler blue walkway under an even lighter blue Haitian sky. Two boys in red jackets hiding against a red wall clarify the concept of camouflage. All locales are listed in the back of the book, though the page references are out of sync. Houblon will inspire children to find interesting color images in their own surroundings.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
Kirkus Reviews
Striking photographs from around the world bring color alive in this vivid introduction to the spectrum. Each four-page spread focuses on a particular color, shown on the first page in pure form with its name, followed by three pages of photographs that portray children, places and objects from around the world and prominently feature said hue. The text points out the presence of the color in each photo and then asks readers if they can find it in their own worlds. Interesting facts about color are interspersed throughout; some additional explanation may be necessary, as the vocabulary and concepts mentioned are at times somewhat advanced. It's too bad the text doesn't allow readers to spot the colors in the photos independently, but the directive to look around outside the book retains an interactive quality. The photos themselves make this a worthy selection; glowing and memorable, they nicely illustrate each color and, with subtlety, point out commonalities and differences across the globe. A good choice for school or home use and an appealing introduction to the world of color. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426305566
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
905,697
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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