Ready for Red

Ready for Red

by Candace Whitman
     
 
Ready for Red highlights an urban environment through the cheeks of children playing in the snow, a bucket of berries to be made into jam, and city traffic lights and fire engines. Gorgeous collage watercolors and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role individual colors play in our everyday lives—making "everyday" mean something very special!

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Ready for Red highlights an urban environment through the cheeks of children playing in the snow, a bucket of berries to be made into jam, and city traffic lights and fire engines. Gorgeous collage watercolors and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role individual colors play in our everyday lives—making "everyday" mean something very special!

My First Colors is a unique series that introduces children to the wonderful colors and shades in the world around them. Gorgeous watercolor collages and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role colors play in our everyday lives.

Each book in the My First Colors series focuses on one of the primary colors, with a poetic text evoking the special qualities of its many shades. Every spread is a marvelous collage of torn paper aglow with flowing water-colors. The texture of the original illustrations comes through in these sparkling reproductions, making children want to touch the pages and seek colorful objects all around them.

Children will learn that a single word can encompass many shades of meaning, and that colors are what make everyday life vivid and exciting!

Other Details: 20 illustrations in full color 32 pages 8 1/4 x 8 1/4" Published 1998

Author Biography: Candace Whitman has written and illustrated three previous children's books. Her book Night Is Like an Animal (1995) was named one of the New York Times' 10 best children's books of the year. She holds degrees from Yale and from New York University and has taught art in elementary schools both in the United States and in Europe. She currently teaches art education at New York University.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Whitman's (Night Is Like an Animal) My First Colors series, Yellow and You starts out the strongest of the trio of titles, inviting readers to imagine "What can you do with yellow?" Beginning with simple collages of yellow cut paper on watercolor backgrounds of blue, she shows aspiring artists how to make first a sun, then a slicker and next a blanket "for a newborn babe." But then Whitman changes the scale: a spread with the text "Can you make a bus? Or a giraffe?" depicts a giant giraffe towering over a school bus, which in turn dwarfs its waiting passengers. This uneasy segue from the realistic to the abstract breaks the book's initial charm, and leads the way to a clunky conclusion ("Can yellow make that book the book beside your telephone?/ [Yellow's on the sticky slip of paper with a note when you come home]"). Unfortunately, the other two books are also characterized more by this shifting perspective than a familiar coziness (e.g., in Bring on the Blue, "Twilight brings blue jays home for the day,/ As blue as the bluefish in from the bay"). While in all three titles Whitman makes a convincing show of color in her creatively textured collages, the overall presentation is hampered by the haphazard texts. Ages 2-6. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Part of a series called "My First Colors," the author introduces the reader to the color red as it appears in an urban environment. Multicultural characters explore the many ways that the color red is present in our everyday lives. From roses and strawberries to stop signs and fire trucks, red can be found all around us. The illustrations are torn paper collages enhanced with deep watercolors. Each object looks as if you could reach out and feel its unique texture. Whitman has also written books on blue and yellow, focusing on their presence in different environments. Each book challenges the reader to notice the beauty and detail that color adds to our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789203113
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
My First Colors Series
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 4 Years

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