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A Book About Color: A Clear and Simple Guide for Young Artists Hardcover – April 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080509055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805090550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–5—"Welcome to the Neighborhood" begins this introduction to color theory. Information is divided into seven short chapters, beginning on Color Street where six houses shaped like upward-pointing arrows pop out against a black-and-white background. Primary colors are introduced, and the resulting secondary colors are explained in white text on bright solid-colored pages. Next, monochromatic illustrations accompany simple ideas associated with each color ("Blue is calm. Blue is wet."). Properties such as warmth, saturation, and value are presented with clarity. Finally, the houses on Color Street turn to form the familiar shape of a color wheel, bringing this explanation full circle. While books ranging from Kathleen Westray's A Color Sampler (Houghton, 1993) to Etienne Delessert's Full Color (Creative Editions, 2008) cover similar material, there is still something uniquely appealing about Gonyea's treatment that makes this introduction to color a primary selection.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Gonyea, the author of A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn’t Make It Good (2005) and Another Book about Design: Complicated Doesn’t Make It Bad (2007), returns to the familiar square format to introduce color theory. Topics presented include primary and secondary colors, warm and cool colors, saturation, and the addition of black and white. In the digital illustrations, simple forms in solid colors stand out sharply against white or other solid-color backgrounds. Though usually short, pithy, and conversational, the text is occasionally ambiguous. Complementary colors are said to “work well together,” while (a few pages later) analogous colors are also said to “work well together,” with little distinction made between the very different ways that these color combinations interact. Although visual rather than verbal content is the selling point here, this attractive volume offers plenty to observe, ponder, and discuss. Classroom teachers and art specialists will find the book a good entry point for discussing basic ideas about colors. Grades 2-5. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Born in northern New York seven years before I saw Star Wars for the first time. While spending the better portion of my early life watching tv, going to movies and playing video games, little did I realize this was to be the essential ground work for a career in cartooning and graphic design.

I now live and work in Vermont even though I don't ski.

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It truly is a great book for young artist.
CJH
We got this book for Christmas several years ago - and both of my girls (2 and 5) LOVE it!
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It is a very clear presentation of color theory.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dkmom on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old loved learning about the different concepts. She already knew about primary/secondary colors, but she really gravitated towards the pages on saturation, color wheel, and how to use colors in your drawing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan on August 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old son loves the fun and fanciful illustrations so much in this book he doesn't even realize he's learning all about colors!!! I love it! This book is such a fresh approach to teaching about color it's a must have for every aspiring artist, young or young at heart!!!
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This book is an excellent introduction to the basics of color. It is a very clear presentation of color theory.
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By CJH on November 15, 2013
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Awesome book about colors. My son loves this book. It truly is a great book for young artist. I think the best thing about this book is that it really does not have an age limit. Young kids can enjoy learning about colors and older people can learn more about color combinations, contrast and so on
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By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We got this book for Christmas several years ago - and both of my girls (2 and 5) LOVE it! The colors and concepts are presented in a way that is easy for them to understand and holds their interest and focus (with a grown-up reading and just looking at on their own).
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