Reviews for Hello, Red Fox


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 April 1998
Ages 5^-8. Before the story begins, readers are instructed to stare at a dot inside a red heart for 10 seconds, then transfer their gaze to the opposite blank page. On that empty page, the heart shape reappears, but it is green, the opposite or complementary color. The very slight story is really just a reason to explore this phenomenon. Little Frog invites Red Fox, Purple Butterfly, Orange Cat, and others to his birthday party, but when they arrive, Mama Frog observes that the fox is green, not red, and the butterfly is yellow, not purple, and so on. In each case, Little Frog instructs his mother to examine the image of the animal, then look at the blank opposite page where the guest appears in the true color. The required "looking" time disrupts the flow of the story, but as an experiment, it is great fun. Facing the title page, there's a brief history and explanation of Goethe's Farbenlehre, or color theory, but curious children will want to know more than the information provided. A playful starting point for science discussions at home or at school, this is sure to intrigue children. ((Reviewed April 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
This simple story about Little Frog's birthday party introduces Goethe's theory of complementary colors. Left-hand pages feature an animal: readers must stare at the figure for ten seconds before focusing on the opposite white page where it assumes its complementary color. The process is intriguing, but may strain the patience of the very young; the plot is too simple for older readers. A reproduction of Goethe's color wheel and a brief note on his discovery are included.Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 June #2
"Carle offers a straightforward, repetitive text and minimalist cut-paper art to demonstrate Goethe's 19th-century color theory," said PW. Ages 2-up. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 July
PreS-Gr 6AAn introduction to the concept of complementary or opposite colors, cloaked in a story of a birthday party. Little Frog describes his animal guests to his mother, but none of them seem to be the color he attributes to themAuntil readers stare at each of them for 10 seconds and then look at the pure-white facing page for 3 seconds. Then, Red Fox, seen as green in the large, clear illustration against a stark white background, appears red. Orange Cat, depicted as blue on the left, turns the appropriate color when the same procedure is followed. The problem is that the mechanics required to illustrate the principle and make the story work are too burdensome for preschoolers. Even older children may not have the patience or interest to sit still and repeat the necessary visual exercise all nine times it takes to complete the story, and the thin plot will hold little interest for them. Carle's many fans will no doubt pick up this book, but they are likely to tire of it quickly.ADiane Janoff Queens Borough Public Library, NY

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