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Children's LiteratureAs part of the "First Look: Science" series, this young readers' book introduces the concept of color. Color is explained in the most basic of terms and is recognized in common objects that young children will understand. Tracy and her grandpa, the characters in the story, travel about their neighborhood recognizing color in their environment: a rainbow, fruit at the market, traffic lights, berries on a tree, a lizard, a frog, and balloons. The word color is used on every page and a very simple fact about it is given. These facts only touch the surface of a true understanding of color which may frustrate the more inquisitive child who relishes greater detail and deeper explanations. There is a simple experiment at the end of the book demonstrating how colors appear white when mixed together. There is also a small glossary and "fun fact" section along with a resource guide for more information. The illustrations are, appropriately, colorful and vibrant. However, the large captions that signify conversation between Tracy and her grandpa collide with the factual text which can cause confusion while reading. 2005 (orig. 1999), Picture Window Books, Ages 3 to 6.
—Andrea Sears Andrews