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Lemons Are Not Red (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 7, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596430087
  • ASIN: B0013JB8W6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–The creator of The Hidden Alphabet (Roaring Brook, 2003) offers another visual treat. The text is appropriately spare. The first spread reads, "Lemons are not/ RED." The word "RED" appears on a bright yellow page beneath the die-cut shape of a lemon with a red background showing through. When the page is turned, the die-cut shape falls on the correct yellow background, with the words "Lemons are YELLOW" underneath. The red background of the facing page is revealed to be an apple, with the phrase, "Apples are RED." This framework continues throughout the book, and children will quickly catch on and join in the visual game. The paired objects are related, which gives the text an internal consistency. However, the choices never become predictable, so a sense of surprise is always maintained. For example, Seeger couples reindeer with snowmen, flamingos with elephants, and the moon with the night sky. Illustrated with richly colored yet simple oil paintings, this offering will delight preschoolers.–Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. This creatively designed volume combines an introduction to colors with a bedtime story. Cutouts of various items, such as a lemon, a carrot, and a flamingo, show through to the next page, revealing colors these objects are not. Simple, repetitive text provides the names of the items and colors: "Lemons are not red," "Carrots are not purple," and so on. When the page is turned, an object of the correct color is now revealed, for example, a bright-red apple. Backgrounds show textured brushstrokes of thick paint, which contrast nicely with the flat style of the cutouts. There's no cutout at the book's end, just an outlined slice of moon: "The moon is not black / The moon is silver / The night is black / Good night." This engaging presentation invites participation, but the small trim size, although suitable for children's hands, may make group sharing difficult. Diane Foote
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Customer Reviews

A delightful book for toddlers learning colors.
Julia Shaw
I bought this as a gift for my first great grand daughter.
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This is a great book that my 21 month old daughter loves.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elementary Librarian on May 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Laura Vaccaro Seeger's "Lemons Are Not Red" is not only a work of art, but a joy for parents, educators, and young children alike. Each of the richly colored paintings are worthy of framing, as they are as beautiful as they are functional. The text invites readers to play, argue, and laugh as they explore what's NOT red, orange, gray, etc. and discuss what IS! The pages are thick and durable and will stand up to many years of enjoyment. Like Seeger's previous work, "The Hidden Alphabet", this is an ingenious creation with a complete understanding of the way a child's mind works and an incredibly successful attempt at expanding their imaginations and the way they view the world. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tripp Ritter on January 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My toddlers and preschooler all enjoyed this book. They enjoyed to the point of asking it for multiple readings in one seating. The author uses to good effect both color and die cut images. The books reminds me somewhat of Lois Elhert's books and children who enjoy those picture books will likely appreciate this one as well.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think I missed my calling in life. I should have been a consumer's advocate. This thought came to me when, after having checked out Laura Vaccaro Seeger's, "Lemons Are Not Red" from the library, I found myself pressing my oily fingers into the solid colored pages of her book. I was doing this so that I could mention in my review that this book, while interesting and lovely to the eye, was not ideal for toddlers since sticky hands would leave a continual residue. Trouble is, Seeger's smarter than I am. Her pages never show fingerprints. Not even the all-black two-page spreads. Whether it's the type of paper used or something to do with the treatment of the colors, I cannot say. All I can do is tip my hat to her and say that like all her other books, "Lemons Are Not Red" is infinitely appropriate and approachable for many a child of many a persuasion.

This is one of those rare picture books that set before you a series of statements, all in the negative. The first sentence is the same as that found in the title. As we look at two pages of bright yellow paper, small black words proclaim, "Lemons are not RED". The word "RED" appears under a cut-out made in the paper, through which we appear to see a red lemon. Turn the page though and the cut-out moves onto one of the yellow pages from the previous spread. The red background lets the lemon pop out at you to the accompanying words of, "Lemons are YELLOW. Apples are RED". And there, facing the lemon, is a shiny plump apple. This goes on. We learn various truths. Flamingoes are not gray. Grass is not blue. Reindeer are not white (albino reindeer notwithstanding). Finally, at the end, the moon is not black. The night is black. And inside a house stand two little figures, that turn into a tree as you turn the page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alison Navarrete on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book for a primary classroom or toddlers at home. Clever way to teach colors and critical thinking. Lots of extension activities come to mind for classroom teachers. Bright colors, predictable pattern! A must-have for your home or school library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Burns on March 26, 2008
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This is such a cute book! My 3-year-old daughter loves to have it read to her, and "read" it back to me as well. She always gets a kick out of the "wrong" colors for familiar objects. I plan on buying this book as a birthday gift for another young child very soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara Mosser on April 21, 2008
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This is a great book that my 21 month old daughter loves. She has been learning her colors and this book helped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Rector on January 18, 2008
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My grandchildren, ages 6 and 3, and I enjoyed this very simple but most pleasurable book. The kids giggled and I smiled. Beautiful colors; cleverly arranged cut-outs. The idea that lemons are NOT red and other items are NOT colors that they're not, has great appeal to these young minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rydia on March 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly clever children’s book. It goes through a series of things made up in pairs: the first page shows a cut-out of a lemon, against a red backdrop, and tells you “Lemons are not red” you turn the page, and you the cut-out is now against a yellow background, you’re told “Lemons are yellow” and you see the next page “Apples are red” (which provided the backdrop for the lemon). It’s clever and cute and has all the objects and pictures that are right in the wheelhouse of a 2-3 year old toddler. The only problem is, if you have a energetic toddler, who might want to interact with the book, some of the cut-outs are a little fragile, so I’m not positive how careful you’d have to be if you really wanted to rotate this into your regular routine. An older kid would probably get bored, and a younger one might not have been trained well enough to be that careful…
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