Yellow Is My Color Star

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Find your favorite color in this celebration of hues that’s just right for the youngest picture book reader. Of all the colors that there are, which one is your color star?

There are so many wonderful colors in the world! The child in this exuberant rhyming picture book loves yellow best (it brings sunshine to his day!), but he knows there are lots of other delightful colors out there too. Follow him on a playful walk through a bright, bold watercolor world, filled with red ...

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Overview

Find your favorite color in this celebration of hues that’s just right for the youngest picture book reader. Of all the colors that there are, which one is your color star?

There are so many wonderful colors in the world! The child in this exuberant rhyming picture book loves yellow best (it brings sunshine to his day!), but he knows there are lots of other delightful colors out there too. Follow him on a playful walk through a bright, bold watercolor world, filled with red roses, pink pillows, and gorgeous green grass and trees. Then decide which hue best suits you!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
“Which color is the queen for you?/ Yellow, orange, red, or blue?/ Purple? Green? Or maybe pink?/ Which is the best? What do you think?” For Horacek’s shaggy-haired, androgynous narrator, there’s no contest: “Green is great./ And pink is fun./ But yellow is my number one.” Every page is a celebration of the colors mentioned; for “Green is great,” the kid hangs from a tree branch over a spread thick with blue-green foliage, while the pink page sees the child falling onto a pile of striped and polka-dot pink pillows. Soon, other kids get in on the action, too, parading around in gowns and driving toy cars that reflect their own personal favorites. As Horacek (Good Night, Sleep Tight) delights in vivid crayon-box hues in her watercolors, she doesn’t ignore skin color—her cast of beak-nosed children represents a diversity of ethnic backgrounds (though her Asian child edges uncomfortably close to stereotype). It’s an enthusiastic ode to color, one that’s likely to prompt debates about which color truly is the “best by far.” Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
Mem Fox
"If you have a young child you have to have Yellow Is My Colour Star!. . . . I adore this book. It’s one of my all-time favourite picture books for the very young. . . . It’s divine. . . the pictures are wonderfully colourful and original; and it’s quirky in a manner that it SO Horacek no one else can come near it. The text has a gorgeous rhyme to it, lovely repetition, and lilting rhythm. The fact that it also teaches the colours to tiny tots is almost, but not quite, irrelevant. Best of all it’s short! Bliss for busy parents, and a beautiful gift for children, every time it's read."
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Learning to know colors is one of the primary skills needed by young children. Adults who work with these youngsters and who may be in need of material may find this brief, rhyming text helpful. The childlike watercolor illustrations depict children dressed in the color shown on each page. A parade of colors includes boys and girls of many different ethnic backgrounds wearing long robes and crowns marching across a double page spread. Locating a bird of the same color on the pages will add interest for listeners. The author makes it perfectly clear that her favorite color is yellow, but the ending encourages discussion of what color each child likes best. With so many other wonderful titles such as: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin; Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert and Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman already in print adding this volume to the collection is only recommended if these are not available. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-K—This rhyming picture book about colors encourages children to choose their favorite. After a child explains how the colors pink, blue, green, purple, red, and orange make him feel, he reveals why he likes yellow best. During the first half of the book, children can search for a bird on each page. In the second half, youngsters wil enjoy naming all seven colors as they appear on frogs, butterflies, cars, and fish. The naïve-style watercolor illustrations depict a diverse group of boys and girls. On two spreads, the color of the text matches the word it spells, helping to reinforce the connection between words and pictures. This cheerful story will teach toddlers and preschoolers about a key concept.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
A bright and breezy appreciation of yellow (and other colors too). "Yellow is my favorite color," declares a girl holding generous bunches of yellow balloons. Over the next few spreads, rhymes sneak in and rhythm builds. "I like red too, / and also blue." "Red" is enormous rose bouquets and a rose crown; "blue" shows the girl swimming in an ocean. Scansion varies, sometimes an infectious Seuss-ian patter ("Which color do you love the most? / Which color could you eat on toast?"), until rhyme vanishes again near the end. The most engaging of these cheerfully simple watercolor illustrations highlight just one color, such as when the girl, green-clad, swings through a landscape of green trees and grasses. Her jubilant, blocky profile and open-mouthed grin make her exuberance easy to share. Two middle spreads have little to offer (a dull field of flowers; some leaping frogs). When a multiethnic group of playmates joins the white protagonist, two unsettling details appear. While pink and brown people have eyes drawn in simple dots or dots surrounded by whites, one girl's eyes are a single line each--a reductive shortcut connoting "Asian" that makes those eyes look inappropriately closed. Another girl's skin is plain black watercolor; lacking any brown or warm undertones, she seems ghoulish alongside the others. Somewhat inconsistent, but when highlighting a single color, sunny as yellow. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442492998
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,469,438
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 50L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

 As a popular cartoonist and writer, Judy Horacek’s cartoons have been pinned to doors and walls all over the world.  She is the author of two bestselling books, including Lost in Space and Where is the Green Sheep?  Judy resides in Toorak, Australia. 

 As a popular cartoonist and writer, Judy Horacek’s cartoons have been pinned to doors and walls all over the world.  She is the author of two bestselling books, including Lost in Space and Where is the Green Sheep?  Judy resides in Toorak, Australia. 

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