Reviews for World of Colors : Seeing Colors in a New Way


Booklist Reviews 2009 November #2
In this nicely designed book about colors, questions accompany photos from around the world. The word Yellow appears in pale yellow on a deeper yellow background, facing a close-up of a sunflower, bordered in black. The next double-page spread offers a number of questions in yellow on a black page, opposite four photos that feature yellow elements. In similar four-page sections, Houblon introduces four other colors: brown, black, gray, and white. Although the text challenges readers to look for certain items in the pictures, the photos themselves are not discussed in detail, and this leaves room for open-ended conversation about the people, places, and activities shown. Each section ends by asking children to look around and find the colors in their own worlds. The quality and diversity of the photos are quite good, and together they show a variety of shades and tones within each color. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Photographs of scenes and objects with a dominant color scheme are arranged to encourage close observation and wonder in readers. Some color "surprises" include green bananas and pink fish called red snappers. The text offers simple questions inviting children to notice nuances of color around them and to look for color variations in their everyday lives. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2009 September #2
Striking photographs from around the world bring color alive in this vivid introduction to the spectrum. Each four-page spread focuses on a particular color, shown on the first page in pure form with its name, followed by three pages of photographs that portray children, places and objects from around the world and prominently feature said hue. The text points out the presence of the color in each photo and then asks readers if they can find it in their own worlds. Interesting facts about color are interspersed throughout; some additional explanation may be necessary, as the vocabulary and concepts mentioned are at times somewhat advanced. It's too bad the text doesn't allow readers to spot the colors in the photos independently, but the directive to look around outside the book retains an interactive quality. The photos themselves make this a worthy selection; glowing and memorable, they nicely illustrate each color and, with subtlety, point out commonalities and differences across the globe. A good choice for school or home use and an appealing introduction to the world of color. (Informational picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

K-Gr 3--This sophisticated book shows the uses of color and encourages children to find examples in their own environments. Most hues are allotted two spreads. The first one features a solid, saturated page with the color's name in a contrasting shade, facing a close-up photograph framed in black. The second includes two or three additional photos with engaging commentary or questions such as, "Can you find green moss on steps?" From a sea of yellow umbrellas held by Kyoto schoolchildren or "A big green leaf being used as a raincoat" in Nepal to a white-on-white snow angel or a crowd drenched in "purple paint from a special celebration," the images are unexpected and captivating. The statement, "Each color is really lots of different colors" is illustrated by a picture of blue doors in a paler blue walkway under an even lighter blue Haitian sky. Two boys in red jackets hiding against a red wall clarify the concept of camouflage. All locales are listed in the back of the book, though the page references are out of sync. Houblon will inspire children to find interesting color images in their own surroundings.--Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

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