As 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
K-Gr 1-Simple texts complemented by dialogue-bubble commentary and bright, cartoon illustrations introduce science concepts. In the first title, when an acorn falls on a squirrel, he watches and learns how the life cycle of an oak tree begins. The book outlines the steps from seed to oak tree and ends with a diagram of the tree's life cycle. In Paint, a group of friends explore their neighborhood and play throughout a year. Their clothing and activities change according to the season. Simple facts are related such as in the summer there is plenty of fresh fruit and "in winter, the sun is low in the sky." This book concludes with a scientific explanation of why there are seasons. In Rainbow a grandfather and his granddaughter take a walk after it rains. The book provides very basic commentary on such topics as nature's colors and how colors can be mixed. Directions for making a spinning color wheel are included. While the story lines may interest children, they are slight, as is the information.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.