Hello, Red Fox

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It's Little Frog's birthday, and Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests show up for his party — all the animals are the wrong color! Little Frog tells her she's not looking long enough, and he's right.

Demonstrates Goethe's theory of complementary colors.

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Overview

It's Little Frog's birthday, and Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests show up for his party — all the animals are the wrong color! Little Frog tells her she's not looking long enough, and he's right.

Demonstrates Goethe's theory of complementary colors.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
The words might say "Hello, Red Fox" on the cover, but the fox himself is definitely green. Bright and totally green. And the alternating pages almost to the end of the book are white-except for a tiny black dot in the center. Eric Carle is giving us a lesson in complementary colors.If you stare first at that green fox on the cover and then stare at the white space, a faint image of the fox will appear in red, its opposite or complementary color. Carle has written a story and an art lesson around a color theory published nearly two hundred years ago by the German writer Goethe. In the story, Little Frog invites a host of colorful friends to his birthday party. But as they arrive, Little Frog's mother is confused because the guests all appear to be different colors than those originally invited. Blue Fish was orange, Yellow Bird was purple, Red Fox is green, and so on. "Oh, Mama, you have not looked at the bird long enough," says Little Frog. Sure enough, if you look long enough, the bird appears on the opposite page in yellow, its complementary color.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 6--An introduction to the concept of complementary or opposite colors, cloaked in a story of a birthday party. Little Frog describes his animal guests to his mother, but none of them seem to be the color he attributes to them--until readers stare at each of them for 10 seconds and then look at the pure-white facing page for 3 seconds. Then, Red Fox, seen as green in the large, clear illustration against a stark white background, appears red. Orange Cat, depicted as blue on the left, turns the appropriate color when the same procedure is followed. The problem is that the mechanics required to illustrate the principle and make the story work are too burdensome for preschoolers. Even older children may not have the patience or interest to sit still and repeat the necessary visual exercise all nine times it takes to complete the story, and the thin plot will hold little interest for them. Carle's many fans will no doubt pick up this book, but they are likely to tire of it quickly.--Diane Janoff Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Carle (From Head to Toe, 1997) asks readers to engage in optical illusions to view his illustrations for a story that becomes an unforgettable lesson in complementary colors. By staring at a picture—e.g., the green fox on the cover—for ten seconds or longer, and then looking at a blank page, the picture reappears, in this case, the red fox of the title. The end papers feature helpful color circles so readers can locate colors and thus their complements. The story is minimal: As the animal guests arrive at Little Frog's birthday party, they appear to Mama Frog to be the wrong color—for example, Yellow Bird is purple—until Little Frog teaches her the trick. Although it may take children time to master the gimmick (and the ghostly after- image, without the details of the original picture, may not meet their expectations), the ending neatly wraps this visual tale, with Mama Frog's kiss transforming the green Little Frog to blushing red. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689844317
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: World of Eric Carle Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 198,000
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    A wonderful teaching book

    I think this is a wonderful book for younger children and older children alike. However, younger children may require assitance going through it. If your children are learning about complimentary colors this book is a must!

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