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Color Dance Hardcover – October 23, 1989


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From Publishers Weekly

A dance theme, with children trailing and waving scarves of bright hues, teaches principles of mixing primary colors. The book opens with three figures, one dressed in red, another in blue and a third in yellow, each carrying a matching banner and saying, "This is our dance." The only subsequent text presents color facts in simple sentences: "Orange is red and yellow mixed together. No blue." On the page, the scarves demonstrate the stated concepts. The blue tone is not a medium blue, and the red is more of a dark rose, so this book does not introduce what is traditionally considered to be the true color spectrum, nor does the structure of the lesson make a vivid impression. Where the text says, "Red and blue can make magenta, and purple, and violet," the illustration does not successfully show more than one color. The idea that "blue and blue can only make blues" may be confusing to readers, who can clearly see that, at a minimum, there are lighter and darker shades of blue. Because of some of the vagaries of the concept, this remains little more than a teaching tool. All ages.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- An exuberant, joyful celebration of color and movement, Color Dance is a concept book to use for the fun of it. Minimal text explains that many colors are the products of mixes of red, yellow, and blue; a note explains that red can appear in a variety of shades. Emphasizing the color concepts, each color word is printed in the color it describes throughout the book. The same message is visually conveyed by the movement of three very young dancers, whose waving scarves produce the blends. Joined by a boy carrying a white, then a gray scarf, the characters are racially and sexually mixed. Using line and shadow, Jonas captures the movement of the children well. White space is used effectively, and each watercolor illustration stands cleanly on a double-page spread. An author's note explains that this dance is a fantasy, ". . .easier to perform on paper than on a stage." A color wheel completes the conceptual design. This vigorous, fresh approach to color will be welcomed by picture-book lovers, and storytime groups as well. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (October 23, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688059902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688059903
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MYOB on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is, for starters, quite visually beautiful. However, it can be confusing for children because of the way it is done. The "red" is actually magenta (looks like hot pink) and the "blue" is actually cyan (looks like turquoise). Because of the four-color printing process, some of the color blends are quite murky, the different shades of purple are not distinct, etc. It might actually be better enjoyed as a wordless introduction to colors for the smallest children, who will love to just look at the pictures.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It's appropriate for age 3 & 4 year olds to learn to read the entire book by themselves. Wonderful as a first reader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Lyons on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Color Dance shows 4 children, each "dancing" with a large colored scarf. There are the three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, and as they overlay their scarves, it illustrates how the primary colors are mixed to create other colors. The fourth child overlays the colors with white, gray, and black to show how white makes colors paler and gray and black make colors darker. As it's said, a picture is worth a thousand words. The illustrations in this book make it easy for even a very young child to understand how colors are made.
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By katie on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We used this book in six Pre-K classrooms and bumped into the same confusion in each- every child thought "red" was "pink" because the printed color does look pink! How confusing to young children! how is purple made? the answer always the same "pink and blue!"
Essential when teaching about primary colors--oops. Hope they reprint this book someday because the story and the illustrations are fantastic!
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By GL on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Kids carry color veils in primary colors. As they start dancing, their veils overlap, creating other colors. Slowly, two dancers are joined by another and another, creating more and more colors. The book ends with a color wheel, explaining all colors (like cyan) and how they relate to primary colors. Brilliant!
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By D. Pilson on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My two-year old daughter absolutely loves this book. She loves the colors and the dancers and their scarves. She also has fun making the color combinations illustrated in the book with her own finger paints. It's a wonderful, beautiful book.
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By Nancy Weber on April 11, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I use this book in teaching art. How different colors are made. I use it with mouse paint. I have the students paint or dance with their feet to mix two colors together to see what happens. They love this activity
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By K. Savage on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My two year old daughter adores this book. I heard about it through a book list and then we checked it out from the library. She kept asking for it so we bought her own copy - love it!
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