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Except the Color Grey
     

Except the Color Grey

by Arlene Alda
 

Arlene Alda has created several photo essays for very young readers, and this one, with its simple concept and clever presentation should sell as well as her very popular Did You Say Pears?
A clever look at colors for the very young...

Overview

Arlene Alda has created several photo essays for very young readers, and this one, with its simple concept and clever presentation should sell as well as her very popular Did You Say Pears?
A clever look at colors for the very young...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Which color is my favorite?” asks Alda in this gentle book filled with engaging photographs of city life. She likes most of them, with one exception: “Grey is clouds without the sun. Grey is dreary dark.” Alda praises a medley of other colors—“Yellow’s awesome on a face. It’s tempting on the street,” she writes next to photos of a sidewalk chalk drawing and ice cream truck—before delivering a twist ending, with a good reason to like the color after all (a pet rabbit). Alda’s playfully pensive tone and lively urban scenes are reminiscent of the golden age of Sesame Street. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
"Which color is my favorite?" is the lead in by an unidentified narrator who comments about photos in uneven meter and sometimes rhyme. The text answers under a photo of row-houses in various colors: "It's very hard to say. I like most colors that I see," and on the next page it says "Except the color grey." A photo shows a grey street with tall buildings with a car with lights on. This is opposite a photo of grey clouds. Other colors shown in pictures: Red tulips in a park, blue bicycles, a girl's team in blue, a street artist using yellow, a wooden hand holding an orange, green grass "piled on William's head," purple grapes, a mix of black, brown, and white on dogs or rusty brown on monkeys. The photos are framed by the colors mentioned. A giant bubble glows with many colors in a shopping plaza. A stilt-walker's costume has stripes of many colors. But the best color is on the bunny at home and is grey. This book is especially for big city kids. The British spelling of "gray" is used. Financial support was furnished by the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Alda explores her favorite hues, featuring vivid photographs and bright, color-centric pages. Each one has its merits, according to the author, except "dreary dark" grey. The images are visually engaging and show a predominately urban setting. To describe the pictures, the author includes a short rhyme about each color and where it can be found; the final rhyme that delivers a surprise conclusion is awkward to read aloud. With so many color books on the market, this is an adequate, though not outstanding, addition to existing collections.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770492844
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, and People and in numerous galleries. She is the author of twelve children’s books including her most recent, The Book of ZZZs; Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski; and her photographs are featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda is the proud grandmother of seven. She lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.

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