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Charley Harper Colors Board book – June 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Brdbk edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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 "Attention midcentury modern parents: The glorious work of Charley Harper, a visionary American illustrator, is here in board book format to complement your toddler's Oeuf bouncer and Dwell crib. Close-up extracts from classic Harper drawings are artfully used to illustrate colors...certain to mesmerize all ages." —The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

 

ILLUSTRATOR BIO
For over four decades, Charley Harper (1922-2007) provided art collectors with unique views of the natural world. In a style that Charley called "minimal realism," the artist created stylized drawings and paintings that captured the essence of his subjects using the fewest possible elements. He explained, "I don't count the feathers; I just count the wings."
 

DESIGNER BIO

Gloria Fowler is the Design Director of AMMO Books, a long time instructor at Art Center College of Design, and a mom with two kids.  She is the designer of a line of children's books and toys featuring the work of artist Charley Harper.


More About the Author

Charley Harper (August 4, 1922 - June 10, 2007) had an alternative way of looking at nature. His serigraphs were large expanses of rich color, which gave the viewer a very different perspective on the animal kingdom. A conservationist as well as an artist, Harper revealed the unique aspects of his wildlife subjects through highly stylized geometric reduction. Harper said he was "the only wildlife artist who has never been compared to Audubon," yet his wildlife art was just as instructive - the only difference was that Harper laced his lessons with humor. Harper believed that humor made it easier to encourage changes in our attitudes and awareness of environmental concerns.

There was a rare and delightful playfulness in Harper's artwork. There was also graphic genius. Harper said, "When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don't see feathers, fur, scapulars or tail coverts - none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting: in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."

Reared on a West Virginia farm, Harper developed an early appreciation and love of animals as well as design. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy, where he also taught for many years. Gradually, Harper began to lose his interest in realism. "I felt shackled by the laws of perspective and shading and decided that the constant attempt to create the illusion of three dimensions on the two-dimensional plane of the picture was limiting me as an artist. Realistic painting persuades the viewer that he is looking into space rather than at a flat surface. It denies the picture plane, which I affirm and use as an element of design. Wildlife art has been dominated by realism, but I have chosen to do it differently because I think flat, hard-edge and simple."

In his artwork, Harper imaginatively investigated the similarities between human and wild animal behaviors, but completely without anthropomorphism. "I learn as much as I can about the creatures that interest me, and they all do. I observe them and find out how they interact with each other and their environments and ask myself, 'What if?'"
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That makes it enjoyable for slightly older children as well.
Leah H.
I bought this book for my 15 month old son a couple of weeks ago and it is one of his current favorites.
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This is a beautiful baby book full of great colors and illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2011
Format: Board book
I received a copy of Colors from the publisher for review.

My three-year-old daughter and I read this one together. She is just learning to read and mastering all the different colors. The illustrations are vibrant and very visually pleasing. I love how the text is in the color as well, to help the child recognize the color name. The prose is easy for a beginning reader with a few more challenging words tossed in to help build vocabulary. My daughter wanted to read it over and over again!

I definitely recommend this one for toddler/preschool readers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Best Out West on November 9, 2011
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I really like this book. I got it for my one year old (confession, it's for both of us) and was pleasantly surprised at the artwork. I love Charlie Harper and I'm hoping it will transpire to my little guy. My only problem with the book is that it's too short. I guess if it was bigger, though, it would be too heavy for kids.
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By Sierra Chapin on June 18, 2014
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The colors really capture my little ones attention. He loves to sit there and "read" them. At 16 months I know he's just babb;ing and pretending but it's still nice to see!
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By Kirsten on June 16, 2014
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This is a beautiful baby book full of great colors and illustrations. I don't know yet how much my baby will enjoy it, but his parents sure do :)
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I love Charley Harper and am so happy they make things for kids. It is always quirky, modern and colorful.
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By Rebecca M.Rickel on April 11, 2014
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Beautiful illustration! My kids love the book and follow along with the colors easily. Love the creature page the most!
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By Sam Cunningham on March 3, 2014
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I love reading this to my son. I am a big Charley Harper fan and I think the pictures are very stimulating for a developing brain!
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By Stella M. Amos on January 20, 2014
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This is another great book with the art work of Charley Harper. His art work encourages a child's imagination. I love these books!
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