Renoir's Colors

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Renoir's Colors helps children identify and explore colors through eight kid-friendly paintings by the great Impressionist master. Its engaging interactive format invites the reader to open a flap and see a beautiful color detail of one of Renoir's works and then to turn the page to see the full painting from which the detail is drawn.
Young readers will learn that each color exists in a variety of shades. Yellow can be the color of a man's straw hat or the light of summer ...

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Overview

Renoir's Colors helps children identify and explore colors through eight kid-friendly paintings by the great Impressionist master. Its engaging interactive format invites the reader to open a flap and see a beautiful color detail of one of Renoir's works and then to turn the page to see the full painting from which the detail is drawn.
Young readers will learn that each color exists in a variety of shades. Yellow can be the color of a man's straw hat or the light of summer shining through the trees. Blue can be bright like the stripes in a woman's dress or rich and deep like a man's suit or dark like the shadows that dance on the ground. This charming book will offer children a wonderful first experience with art, encouraging them to look closely at visual images as well as to see the variety of colors in the world around them. Ages three and up.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lift-the-flap board book uses Renoir’s paintings to introduce eight colors. Each color fills a double-page spread; it’s named on the left, and a small window flap appears on the right. Opening each window reveals a section of a painting that incorporates that color. In “The Swing,” yellow is “a yellow hat,” worn by a small girl. On the following page, readers can see the entire painting, beside a reflection on the detail (“Yellow like the straw hat of the little girl/ who would like to play on the swing.” The collection may help readers develop an eye for detail and foster affection for classic works of art. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A full spread of a color contains a flap which when lifted shows an image predominately in that color. Turning the pages, kids see the full picture and learn more about the painting by French Impressionist master Auguste Renoir. The first color is pink and it is associated with a check which is part of a larger image of Renoir's son Coco playing with his toy soldiers. Red is for strawberries; black for the hair of Jean's nanny. Many of the text selections ask questions to generate interest and draw closer attention to the paintings. For example, what is baby Jean holding? Other colors include yellow for straw hats or light coming through the trees, blue for dresses and suits, white for a neck ruffle and stockings, green leaves and a gray cat. The subtle lesson lets kids know that colors can come in various shades. The final spread recaps the colors and identifies the paintings and where they can be seen. Readers also learn that Renoir liked to paint women and children, and that he lived well into his 70s. Since the arts (music, art, cooking, etc.) seem to be disappearing from our school curriculums, books like this can help restore an interest and train the eye and mind to enjoy the work of famous artists. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lift-the-flap windows spotlight pure colors in details of the artist's work. Turn the page to see the entire work, with a few simple lines of text guiding the eye to other shades of the highlighted color or adding an anecdote about the piece or model. Well-chosen paintings of familiar subjects—strawberries, people engaged in leisure activities, and children, including Renoir's son Claude—keep this small collection of fine art accessible to even the youngest child. This fine-art concept book is simply designed and superbly printed.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606060032
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,306,879
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Sellier is the author of many French children's books including M comme Manet (Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 1994) and Matisse from A to Z (Bedrick Books, 1995).

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