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Pantone: Colors Board book – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Brdbk edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701801
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pantone revolutionized the graphic arts industry with the launch, in 1963, of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, which enabled designers and printers to articulate and reproduce accurate color anywhere in the world. This system achieved global acceptance and quickly became the standard in color naming and matching. Today, Pantone serves not only as the premier color consultant and authority on trends but also as a consumer brand in apparel, housewares, accessories, arts and crafts, stationery and office supplies, home furnishings, electronics, and apps.

Customer Reviews

This is one of my daughter's favorite books.
Jenny Settle Jackson
The pictures are graphic, the book is sturdy and it also helps illustrate that a color can have many shades.
N. Frost
This is a great book not only for kids but for adults.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Usey on February 28, 2012
Format: Board book
As an editor and designer and new mom, I've spent the first year of my son's life looking for striking and original ways to introduce him to letters and colors. I've been looking for good design, in other words. The Charley Harper series have been my go-to books, but now we have a new addition to our list of favorites. Pantone's "Colors" takes those basic colors, matches them with a good strong image (red = wagon), uses various shades of the color in the image, and pairs that image page with a grid page of 20 shades. My son spent 20 minutes this afternoon turning from page to page, looking both at the images and the color charts. As a writer and designer, I loved the pairing of the actual Pantone numbers with fun descriptive names for the colors, and I loved the working of those colors into the main image. This is the kind of smart, unforgettable work I look for to help teach my son. Frankly, it's the kind of smart, unforgettable work I wish I could do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on March 13, 2012
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A good sturdy childrens book that you will want to leave on your coffee table. My 2 year old loves naming the general colors and pictures and my four year has me read each and every color over and over again...there is a real interest from both children in the book. inspiring and beautiful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Frost on March 7, 2012
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I'm a children's librarian. So far, I have shared this with several storytime groups and I and the kids (typically 2 year olds) have enjoyed it. The pictures are graphic, the book is sturdy and it also helps illustrate that a color can have many shades. For instance, red can be fire truck red, muted red, etc etc. The kids love naming the items and especially love the "end pages" with their many colorful drawings- perfect for an impromptu "I Spy" session.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Indy on September 17, 2013
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Some of the color titles are slightly misleading. Every child knows that board books are for tasting. Orangutan Orange tastes nothing like an Orangutan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Lee on January 17, 2013
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I think this book will appeal most to people familiar with pantone, otherwise less likely to seem as astonishing as reviews suggest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grasshopper on July 24, 2013
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There are several great things about this book:
It's sturdy, with a beautiful, appealing cover. And, it is unique. Each 2-page spread pairs a large, simple illustration on the right with many squares in Pantone shades of the color on the left. The left-hand pages, especially, are highly appealing.

There are also some things about this book that are not-so-great.
The illustrations are hit and miss. Some, like the wagon and the balloons, seem clean and fresh. Others, like the teddy bear and train, are much less appealing. The back end page features a collection of illustrations, ranging from realistic crabs, kettles, and mushrooms, to misshapen cartoon kangaroos, camels, bees. The caterpillar is nothing more than a series of green circles with a happy face.

It is almost as if it were illustrated by committee, with different illustrations reflecting differing styles and skill levels. Not a match, in my opinion, for such a structured book.

Some of these illustrations, including the lion on the first page, are quite babyish. You know what they say about first impressions - it was an immediate turn-off to my 3-year-old test reader, who demanded to know, "Why did you get me a baby book?!"

The color names, too, are hit-and-miss. The gray page is especially appealing, ranging from Hippopotamus Gray to Grandma Gray to Wet Sidewalk Gray - a fabulous collection of many things gray! Some of the other color names are far less clever: Soap Orange? Kazoo Purple? Pillow Purple? Apron Blue? What?!

And, finally, even the colors that are well named are often not well matched. Raincoat Yellow is a pastel shade, not the bright glossy yellow I associate with rain slickers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lim on August 13, 2014
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This is a lovely, large, and sturdily constructed board book. However, the fine print on the back cover states that while the color numbers are provided by Pantone, the actual color reproduction may not match Pantone standards; the color names are completely non-Pantone and were created by the publisher. So basically, the publisher licensed in the Pantone name and a list of numbers, and filled in everything else on their own...? Children learning their basic color names (red, yellow etc.) probably won't care about that, but Pantone purists might.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on October 22, 2013
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Cutest kids book! A must for any designer since it's fun for the parents & child. Each color page has about 20 tones of the color using actual Pantone swatches! My 1 year old's favorite page is the back where a bunch of cute animals & objects are drawn. She points to all of them & I name what they are using colors & sounds!
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