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Naming Colors
     

Naming Colors

by Ariane Dewey
 

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Everywhere we look, we see color--and there are millions of different colors that can be seen by the human eye. Why do we use certain words to describe colors? Ariane Dewey's Naming Colors answers this question with a collection of quirky and amusing stories about the evolution of our language and the way in which words define the richness and variety of the colorful

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Everywhere we look, we see color--and there are millions of different colors that can be seen by the human eye. Why do we use certain words to describe colors? Ariane Dewey's Naming Colors answers this question with a collection of quirky and amusing stories about the evolution of our language and the way in which words define the richness and variety of the colorful world around us.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This is an interesting little book with everything you ever wanted to know about the naming of colors. A brief history of the English language is included as well as a description of the origins of the names for most basic colors, up to the recent explosion of color in our everyday life. A nice addition to the school library or that certain child whose fascinated by trivia.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Beginning with a history of the first words used to describe black, white, and the primary colors, Dewey goes on to trace the history of the English names for hues as varied as puce, sepia, and electric pink. While the language of color is the focus here, much multicultural and geographical information is included. There is an attempt to arrange the text by categories (jewel-like colors, colors from the earth, etc.). The illustrations are lively, interesting, and well integrated with the text. The double-page spread featuring a garden is a knockoutthe fruits and vegetables depicted simply beg to be tasted. An index with color swatches under each name is appended, making it easy for readers to identify and look up their favorites. This title will be of particular interest to browsers, especially those with an artistic bent.Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060212919
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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