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The Color Box Hardcover – April 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316188204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316188203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- A monkey named Alexander crawls into a box. ``It was black, /Black everywhere-- / Everywhere he : looked. / Only one spot / Was not.'' This ``spot'' is a hole in the page, revealing a bit of the all-yellow world the curious chimp discovers after he climbs through. He then finds an orange cut-out and continues to discover various new colors. Finally he reaches white, discovers a movable flap door, and steps through to find ``. . . a world . . . of color'' in the zoo where he lives. Laroche's cut-paper collages work perfectly, lending the box the needed three-dimensional effect. The layers and shadows effectively distinguish and set off the various shades of the objects. The smooth text is patterned and predictable, but varied enough to remain lively. The spots change in location, size, and shape to sustain interest and keep children guessing. Sure to please both in story time and one-on-one, The Color Box is an entertaining and original concept book. --Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A series of die-cut holes lead a monkey (and readers) through a succession of colors, inviting stops at each spread to pick out ``yellow daisies, yellow bees, yellow bananas up in trees,'' or ``green leaves, green frogs, green lizards under logs.'' The idea is not to present colors at their purest, but to sample the range that the words connote--reds here can be deep peach or purplish-pink; some greens would fit comfortably on the yellow spread; yellow and white come out more monochromatic. Laroche's cut and folded paper objects seem to float above the page, lending an intriguing three-dimensional air. (Picture book. 0-5) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a Kindergarten teacher, I read The Color Box with my students every fall. The children love the rhythym and rhyme within the text. The illustrations are appealing to all 4-6 year-olds. You will find older children reading along with you. The "peekholes" grab the children's attention and keep them hooked. This story is a wonderful read-aloud and belongs in every early childhood classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A monkey finds a box and looks inside it. Inside the box, he sees a small hole, and crawls inside it. There, he finds a room where everything is the same color, except for a small spot with a new color. The monkey crawls repeatedly from spot to world, from world to spot, changing the colors of his surroundings as he goes. The story is fun, rhyming, and not scary. It's a great way to practice colors. The book has about 100 words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Leong on November 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book totally excited my 5 year old grandson. He could not get enough of me reading it to him. The illustrations are colorful and the peepholes leave just enough suspense for the child to anticipate what color and text may come next. A wonderful reading experience for both grandson and grandpa.
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By Ziffy on September 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I use this book during my Color-themed preschool story time. The peek-through shapes hold the children's interest, and the pictures are great for discussing the objects depicted for each color.
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