As they did in Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children, husband-and-wife team Sandra L. and Myles C. Pinkney once again pair poetry and lively photographs in A Rainbow All Around Me. A multiethnic cast of children presents each color of the rainbow. For "Blue," photos of a blue-eyed, denim-clad boy accompanies "Cool/ Rugged/ Sippin' on a hot day/ Relaxing in the Breeze." A dark-eyed, bronze-skinned girl in a "Green" dress sits on "Fresh/ Soft blades [of grass]" with a basket of Granny Smith apples. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-The Pinkneys, who paired their talents in Shades of Black (Scholastic, 2000), have again produced a book that encourages children to look at color in new and exciting ways. Each spread is devoted to a hue and features a child from a different ethnic group wearing, eating, or holding objects of a particular color. Myles Pinkney's amazingly crisp, clear photographs are pleasingly arranged across the pages. Sandra Pinkney's carefully chosen words are given extra punch through a thoughtful use of changing colored fonts. The combinations of words and pictures meld effectively to put forth the book's positive message: "Colors! Colors! They're in everything I see! We are the rainbow-YOU and ME!" While the simple format makes the book most suitable for preschoolers, it would also be useful with older readers to spark discussions of diversity.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
All the colors of the rainbow come alive in the photographs of children celebrating the emotions that color can evoke. Chewy gooey pink; cool rugged blue; cinnamony sweet red; and wild and crazy purple surround the bubble gum-popping, denim-wearing, candy-licking, jam-eating children in this not-so-traditional look at color. Each double-page spread depicts one child embracing the attitudes that can be invoked by a particular color. The rainbow theme stretches beyond the study of color to embrace the multicultural rainbow of diversity that the children represent. The statement "Colors are you. Colors are me" is repeated every so often to drive home this idea. Unfortunately, some of the connections are a little bit of a stretch and not easily represented in a photograph. So, orange is defined as "Fruity" and shown as a child dropping an orange slice into his mouth; "Tangy" and it's the child biting into the slice. Green says "Fresh" and shows a girl putting a tablecloth on the grass. These odd pairings don't detract, just mystify. Spare text with a poetic beat carries the reader from page to page, but the close-up photographs of the many children take center stage. Though slightly garbled, the message is worthwhile. (Picture book. 3-7)