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Color Me a Rhyme Hardcover – October 1, 2000

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Gr. 4-6, younger for reading aloud. There's a lot of good stuff going on in this imaginatively conceived and elegantly executed collection. On one page of each double-page spread is a poem (in one case, two haiku) evoking a color in nature--gray, orange, blue, brown, yellow. Opposite is a photograph, by freelance photographer Jason Stemple (Yolen's son), set like a cabochon jewel on a pale background of related images and words: sloe, sable, and jet for black; plum, orchid, and amethyst for purple. Each word is printed in its own hue. Somewhere on each spread is a sliver of a quotation about the color, from Mother Goose ("Its fleece was white as snow") to Eugene Field ("Any color so long as it's red"). The book is a visual feast, and a verbal one, too, for the poems are striking: in "Green," "poets know / all the secret words, / some of which they make up, / all of which are / green." In "Pink: A Haiku," "A surge of sunlight / Shocks through stem and thistle hairs / A punk pink hairdo." In her author's note, which precedes the text, Yolen urges readers to use the photographs as inspiration for their own poems, and she closes with "Crayons: A Rainbow Poem." GraceAnne DeCandido
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"[An] imaginatively conceived and elegantly executed collection...a visual feast, and a verbal one, too..." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: WordSong (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156397892X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563978920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Yolen and Stemple have created a visual feast in their, "Color Me A Rhyme." As usual, Jane Yolen's poetry is excellent, but what sold me on the book were the amazing photographic layouts of natural images in green, grey, orange, purple....Each two page spread in the book has a Jane Yolen poem about the featured color, other names for the color (for white: chalk, snow, alabaster and bone), a literary quote about the color, and at least two lovely juxtaposed photos. You have to see the book to really appreciate its gorgeous layouts. This book would be excellent in the early grades, where teaching concepts is emphasized, or when teaching creative writing. Kids could all write their own color poems. I also think young artists would enjoy the varieties of color represented in the volume. How many kids know the varieties of blue? Some of its names are lovely and mysterious--cerulean, sapphire, azure and turquoise. Let them experience these colors in this fine book.
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I have my elementary age students write color poems every year. I will use this book to inspire them. The photographs are beautiful and include synonyms for each color. The poems range from fairly long, to short haikus. There are also quotes to go along with each color - many from Mother Goose. I enjoy Jane Yolen's writings and this did not disappoint.
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I really like this book of poems. The pictures are lovely. Some poems have just a few lines and some poems are longer. The second language students and native English speaking students enjoy these poems.
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By Ellen Nulph on November 24, 2010
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Great book to teach children about descriptive language, ie. the use of color in poems
Beautiful artwork in book!!
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Purchased for school district. Since I didn't hear any complaints (which I would), I can only assume that teacher was happy with the item.
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