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Color Dance
     

Color Dance

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by Ann Jonas
 

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The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by step by step.

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The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by step by step.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A dance theme, with children trailing and waving scarves of bright hues, teaches principles of mixing primary colors. The book opens with three figures, one dressed in red, another in blue and a third in yellow, each carrying a matching banner and saying, ``This is our dance.'' The only subsequent text presents color facts in simple sentences: ``Orange is red and yellow mixed together. No blue.'' On the page, the scarves demonstrate the stated concepts. The blue tone is not a medium blue, and the red is more of a dark rose, so this book does not introduce what is traditionally considered to be the true color spectrum, nor does the structure of the lesson make a vivid impression. Where the text says, ``Red and blue can make magenta, and purple, and violet,'' the illustration does not successfully show more than one color. The idea that ``blue and blue can only make blues'' may be confusing to readers, who can clearly see that, at a minimum, there are lighter and darker shades of blue. Because of some of the vagaries of the concept, this remains little more than a teaching tool. All ages. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This book presents a rainbow of colors with a trio of dancers each wearing a leotard of red, blue, or yellow, the primary colors. Their matching chiffon scarves mix and mingle to form the secondary hues in a wave of rainbow rhythm. Pure delight!
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
What a wonderful way to help kids to learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Each dancing character is dressed in a primary color with a matching cape. As they dance, the capes mingle and new colors are created. Children see the graceful dancers' joy in creating new colors. Linking movement with color should help stimulate creative thinking. A color wheel at the back of the book is a visual aid and excellent teaching tool.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- An exuberant, joyful celebration of color and movement, Color Dance is a concept book to use for the fun of it. Minimal text explains that many colors are the products of mixes of red, yellow, and blue; a note explains that red can appear in a variety of shades. Emphasizing the color concepts, each color word is printed in the color it describes throughout the book. The same message is visually conveyed by the movement of three very young dancers, whose waving scarves produce the blends. Joined by a boy carrying a white, then a gray scarf, the characters are racially and sexually mixed. Using line and shadow, Jonas captures the movement of the children well. White space is used effectively, and each watercolor illustration stands cleanly on a double-page spread. An author's note explains that this dance is a fantasy, ``. . .easier to perform on paper than on a stage.'' A color wheel completes the conceptual design. This vigorous, fresh approach to color will be welcomed by picture-book lovers, and storytime groups as well. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688167042
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.89(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.08(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

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Color Dance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My best friend and I repeatedly checked this book out of the library in elementary school. We thought it was so cool how the dancer's scarves created new colors when put together. Now we're freshman in college, and heck, I want to read this book again. Or at least just look at the pretty pictures! I'd definitely recommend this book to children who love to draw and color, or just creative children in general.