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Hailstones and Halibut Bones (Adventures in Color) Hardcover – April 1, 1989

4.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Grade 1 Up-- O'Neill's classic collection of 12 poems about colors (Doubleday, 1973) has been re-illustrated by John Wallner. Gone are Leonard Weisgard's elegant, evocative illustrations that were washed with the color explored in the poem. Instead, Wallner has created montages of each poem's images and colored them with various hues of the featured color. The results do complement the moods of the poems, but one must wonder why, in a set of poems celebrating color, all but three of the people shown are white. Poems such as "What is Brown?"--"Brown is as comfortable/ As love"--could create responses like Arnold Adoff's Black is Brown is Tan (Harper, 1973) . Instead, it is illustrated with three white children and two white men working. But after more than 25 years, the poems, like colors, still sing. "For colors dance/ And colors sing,/ And colors cry--/ Turn off the light/ And colors die." Kudos to Doubleday for letting Hailstones and Halibut Bones continue to live. --Kathleen Whalin, formerly at Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio
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“An exploration in imaginative, evocative verses of the world of color and its relationship to the other senses.”
The New York Times Book Review, “Ten Distinguished Juveniles of 1961”

“Has inspired young poets all over the country.”
—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Adventures in Color
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385244843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385244848
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This slim book was originally published in 1961 and by now, we may safely call it a classic. The title is taken from her poem "What is White?" A series of poems each entitled "What Is--- (Green, Gold, Red, Blue, etc.)" describes in ways you have never thought of what exactly the color is. I have never found the child who was not fascinated by the ideas presented and usually had a few additions of his/her own to add. I always thought this vivid book would bring much pleasure to a blind person who had never "seen" a color. Ms. O'Neill brings the feel, the taste and the mood of each color to a shimmering life of its own.
--the purple feeling
is rather put out.
The purple look is a
Definite pout.
But the purple sound
Is the loveliest thing
It's a violet opening
In the spring.
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I loved this book when I was a kid - vivid imagery and evocative descriptions of colors. I am happy to see this has been reprinted! It's sophisticated for what it is, but utterly captivating for kids, as it describes colors in terms of smells, feelings, and other sensory images in ways that are imaginative and at times moody.
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By A Customer on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I haven't seen the new edition, but the original was loved by my children in the 60's and now is a welcome addition to my 5 year old grandson's library. Don't wait until they are 9 to begin reading this classic to children. It's a winner.
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By A Customer on August 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Excellent for young and old alike. Mrs. O'Neill was the first person to describe color to those who cannot see and for those who are sighted she added a dimension to our appreciation of color. I will never look at purple the same again.
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Format: Paperback
Truly one of the most delightful little books on color. This book is appreciated by young and old alike. I strongly recommend it for all you art teachers (and parents) out there! It's a great tool to get students thinking . . . dreaming.
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By A Customer on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a teacher I have struggled to find new and innovative ways to instill a love of poetry in my students. This wonderful book of poems was such a big hit with my students that I bought extra copies for our classroom library. Mary O'Neill's style of writing introduced the concept of poetry without overwhelming the children. They were eager to write and share their own color poems after listening to this collection of easy to follow poems. They also couldn't wait to take the book home to share with their families. This is a great choice to use as a read aloud or as part of a poetry unit for grades 3 and 4.
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This was my absolute favorite book when I was in elementary school. Now that I have 2 small children of my own, I have rediscovered it with them. The poems are soothing to hear on a lazy afternoon and the colors are as fresh as watercolor can get. After reading it to the kids, I go back and indulge myself and read it again. Definitely a rainy day pick!
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COLORS EVERYWHERE----A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL BOOK BREAKING DOWN EACH COLOR AND MENTIONING ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE THAT COLOR EX. GRAY--GRANDMOTHER'S CURLS., RED---FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOUR ARE EMBARRASSED., GREEN---THE FUZZ THAT COVERS UP WHERE WINTER WAS, ETC.A WONDERFUL BOOK HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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