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My Box of Color Hardcover – August 1, 1998
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-At first glance, this lively look at colors seems like the hundreds of other concept books for this age group. However, no single color is named in the entire text. Instead, Siomades explores the relationship between colors and the identities and functions of familiar animate and inanimate objects. For example, "If I made the sun this color (blue), would it still be just as hot?" "If I made my beets this color (yellow), would they taste like beets or not?" Most importantly, the author asks, "What if I were not the color that I was meant to be...Would you still be my friend? Would you still like me?" The attractive illustrations are akin to Eric Carle's collages and feature such delights as a big aqua gorilla, a gray peacock, and the long neck of a blue giraffe. Children will think the book is one of those silly games where they can determine what is wrong with this picture, but some guidance will be necessary for them to get the subtle underlying message. This twist on the adage "You can't judge a book by its cover" will certainly add to discussions of how color applies to perceptions and preconceived ideas.-Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA
Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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so beautiful and bright,
would spiders still be scaring
everyone in sight?
We checked this book out from the library and immediately fell in love with it. Full of beautiful rhymes and gorgeous colorful pictures. My daughter really loved finding the two worms hidden in each picture too. Above all, it shares some really great messages with the reader.
The beautiful, Eric Carle-like cut paper illustrations are worth the price of the book itself, but it's the message and fun in the book that will make it a treasure worth reading again and again. WHAT IF we could change colors of ordinary, common things?? What if the mailbox was Pleasing Purple instead of Boring Blue?? What if we could change the sky to bubble gum pink?? What if, what if, what if...??
This line of thinking will appeal to young children, especially those who, in their own artwork, find themselves entertaining Dr. Seussian fantasy lands of orange oceans, green skys and purple-haired people. The chance to identify colors and shapes and objects will appeal to caregivers and readers who want to introduce or evaluate color identification in young children. BUT, most of all, the last two pages where the author asks about "my" color--"what if I wasn't the color I was meant to be/would you still be my friend? Would you still like me?"-- are the most important ideas we can give to our children.