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Gr 1-3–Alliteration and photography meet in this vibrant picture book. Gates and Cutting introduce hues such as “azure,” “byzantine,” “chartreuse,” “debian,” “ecru,” and “fandango” to begin the impressive vocabulary lesson. Each photo presents an alphabet-inspired sentence highlighting the palette of the first word found on each page. As “Taupe tortoises traipse the terrace timidly,” the reptilian subject is shown facing readers with a solemn gaze. While children learn that a “Yellow youthful yardbird yearns yucca,” the illustration displays a carving of a small bird contemplating a photograph of a favored plant. Subtle and playful, the image ranges from natural to contrived to fit within its confined color range. Branching out from the norm, this volume would fill in nicely as a vocabulary builder or story starter.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Valerie Gates is an Emmy award-winning art director. Working with off-beat colors every day, she wanted to create a book that introduced some of the cool alternative colors into the primary color world of children's books. She teamed up with her good friend of many years, photographer Ann Cutting, to produce this whimsical book that will appeal to all ages. Her favorite color in the book is byzantine. Gates lives in a Xanadu house with chartreuse chairs with her husband and two children, and a large taupe cat named George.

Ann Cutting, an award-winning conceptual photographer, earned a BA in biochemistry and cell biology from the UCSD and a BFA in photography from the Art Center College of Design. She is on the faculty at Art Center, teaches many workshops, and uses multiple photographic techniques including digital, toy, and large format cameras. She also likes to do science experiments with her kids, sail in Maine, and make ceramics. Her favorite color in the book is wisteria, because it smells so good.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620875373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620875377
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fandangofan on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A great book. Puts an interesting twist on what would otherwise be a typical children's book, drawing the reader in with bright illustrations and colorful backgrounds. The range of vocabulary makes it appropriate for all ages, and the reader is left with a satisfying new knowledge of beautiful colors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel H. on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a visually stunning book to teach your child -- or yourself -- about new colors and vocabulary words, then The Other Colors is the perfect book for you. It is well-written and beautiful from cover to cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on April 10, 2013
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Very colorful and creative. I teach preschool and love the reaction of my students. They love the pictures and are learning new words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Double Rainbow on August 13, 2013
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"The Other Colors" is a book about colors, reminiscent of many I have read about when I was younger, but with a unique twist. It's fun to see uncommon colors in a picture book, including many colors I had never heard of before. The pictures are pretty, interesting and creative and the alliteration is well done. This would make an excellent coffee table book. It is interesting and easy to process, and very colorful! It is definitely not just a children's book. The vocabulary is beyond the level of very young kids, but most kids will enjoy a new take on a familiar genre. It has a very pretty cover, and is an entertaining short read.
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