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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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
on January 15, 2005
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
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.

Though lacking the narrative of that similarly ingenious cut-out picture book, "Go Away, Big Green Monster", this has a lot to recommend it. Now I began this review by commending Seeger for her fingerprint-proof paper. Unfortunately, that paper is not rip proof as well. In fact, as I was flipping idly through this puppy at home I found that the delicate cut-outs of things like reindeer and carrots are very prone to huge tears (not by my hands, I assure you). So my advice is to give this to a child that, even if grubby handed, knows how to treat a book respectfully.

All in all, this is a lovely little book of colors, shapes, and definitions. It's not my favorite cut-out book out there, and it doesn't hold up to subsequent readings all that well, but I loved the art and I like the narrative. Two thumbs up for a pretty darn good Seeger creation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2005
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
on March 26, 2008
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
on April 21, 2008
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
on January 18, 2008
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
on March 7, 2014
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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VINE VOICEon January 13, 2011
Hey silly, lemons are not red...they are YELLOW! That is basically the entire premise of this little book. Flamingos are not grey, they are PINK! Generic and basic and predictable yet nicely illustrated and the little cutouts make for a beautiful colorful display for your child's eyes; not to mention your own. It's simple, but it's also simply wonderful. Not everything needs to be a drawn out and complicated ordeal. For young ones learning colors, this is a great treat that will get them involved and keep them entertained.
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on April 22, 2009
Once again, this author has found a clever way to present a book about a very simple concept. The text is simple so my daughter is able to "memorize" it after a few readings. She loves the cut-out illustrations and insists upon being the one to turn the pages because of them. Very engaging and creative book overall.
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