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Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking for Color (Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts) Library Binding – 1 Sep 2011
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"With its focus on color, Brocket's second in her Clever Concepts series is as much a visual and adjectival feast as her first was (Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What Is Texture?, 2011). Addressing readers directly, Brocket makes kids feel as if they are going on an adventure along with her--a search for colors. While brief, the text accomplishes much: It links colors with emotions and adjectives, introduces primary and secondary colors and shades, names the items found in the photos and gives children some synonyms for the common colors. 'Green is crisp and lively. Lime frosting, mint-green striped socks, emerald lettuces, and jade gardens are fresh and zingy.' Going beyond Roy G. Biv, brown, black and white, gray and pink as well as the metallic colors of silver and gold are also included. But it is the photographs that steal the show. Isolating each featured color in snapshots (often close-ups) of everyday objects, the spreads are completely filled with a grid of three to five photos that prove to readers that colors can be found anywhere and everywhere. From food and flowers to clothing and buildings, everything has a color, and readers may never look at the world around them in quite the same way. Worthy of even the most overflowing of colorful collections, this is sure to be the beginning of many a color adventure, both in school and out." --Kirkus Reviews--Journal
"Beyond the realm of 'the triangle is red' is a book that brings color to real life for young readers. The photographs are amazing as they include over-exaggerated red flowers, blue jeans, and pink buildings! What makes this book really pop is the word choice. These extremely brightly colored objects are described with such tags as 'ruby flowers, ' 'indigo jeans, ' and 'bubblegum buildings.' The distinction between primary and secondary colors is explained quite plainly, along with metallic colors and different shades. Feelings are identified with a few of the colors, including 'Black is strong and serious' and 'Green is crisp and lively.' With its pictures of fuzzy socks, jelly beans, and chestnut fudge, this book can be read over and over again to an early learner and never get boring." --Library Media Connection--Journal
"Brocket's vivid photos use a variety of foods, flowers, textiles, and architectural details to introduce the concept of color in the world. Strawberries, lemons, and a blue door illustrate the primary colors, as does a single outdoor scene with a red boat and yellow bulldozer against a blue sky. Each color has its own spread with three to four photos and simple text that uses synonyms for the more familiar terms. 'Green is crisp and lively. Lime frosting, mint-green striped socks, emerald lettuces, and jade gardens are fresh and zingy.' Attributing adjectives to each color helps enlarge the concept for young listeners. Fiery orange features 'copper berries, a tangerine sunset, amber peppers, and flame-colored flowers.' 'Strong and serious' black is illustrated by 'jet-black staircases, coal-colored bricks, and ebony iron gates.' Metallics and colors in many shades expand the concept still further. Reminiscent of Tana Hoban's photo essays, this eye-catching, language-rich book offers youngsters a sensory, mind-stretching treat." --School Library Journal--Journal
"In this energizing exploration of color, brilliant close-up photos are accompanied by rich descriptions, encouraging readers to recognize the wonderful and varied shades of color in the world around them. An inspiring launching point for art projects, the book also offers some straightforward art terminology such as primary and secondary colors." --The Horn Book Guide--Journal
About the Author
Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (2010) and of two books based on the wonderful things characters eat and do in classic children's books: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009)--a selection of the pieces in these two books has been collected into one volume for the US as Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts (Perigee, 2010). She is currently writing a series of four Clever Concepts books for Millbrook Press. She has a knitting book to be published in 2011 and two more craft books in the pipeline.
Jane enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, growing flowers, and taking photographs of the things she makes as well as details of the world around her. She loves color, pattern, texture, shapes, and objects. And, above all, she love books and reading.
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The book is ALL ABOUT COLOR, of course. Brocket uses saturated and bright photographs to introduce color vocabulary and color concepts -- like what primary colors are and how other colors are made of mixtures of red, yellow, blue.
I like that the pictured items are not in the same shade or tone. Brown, for example, is shown by tan cookies, tawny bricks, a terra-cotta pot and chestnut cubes of fudge. And pink is shown as the lightest blush, salmon and in your face bright pink.
If I were to have any qualms it would be how she infers what colors mean to other people. Not everyone views white as pure and clean. Nor black as strong and serious.
But this book is filled with color and textures and things to name and discuss. It could be shared with a toddler or a younger elementary aged child.
Much like a look-and-find style book, Jane Brocket's picture book about colors Ruby, Violet, Lime is one that will intrigue young readers while keeping them engaged and learning. Personally, I'm not normally a reader who enjoys only pictures in a picture book or basic-concepts book, but Ruby, Violet, Lime is an exception. Where other books make the pictures seem random and ill chosen Jane Brocket's book is the the opposite with the pictures having obviously been specifically chosen for each page. Not only have they been carefully collected, but each picture is beautiful and coordinates easily with the text making it enjoyable for everyone reading it.
For Littlebug and myself a weekly or daily read-thru of Ruby, Violet, Lime makes that day that much more interesting. As we head outdoors her eyes begin to search for new colors: golds, plums, aquas and grays. As the narrative begins by teaching about primary colors young readers build a base from which they can add to and grow from. This is certainly a non-fiction children's book that will have young learners yearning for more opportunities to search out new colors, but also one that parents and librarians/teachers will wholeheartedly approve of. I'd highly recommend it for every home where little kiddos reside!
My original review was posted at There's A Book.
Brilliant, full-color photography graces this book with a subtle elegance that might be lost on young readers but parents can appreciate. Covering a broad spectrum of hues as the title suggests this isn't a dull color wheel spewed onto the page. No, this book shows colors in practical situations. The shades on socks, cakes, fruits, doors. As a parent to an extremely verbal and curious 2-year-old RUBY, VIOLET, LIME satisfied her need for words and associated examples and my need for a book we would both enjoy multiple times.
While currently only available in ebook and library bound formats I feel that this is well worth the price. I'm going to be refering the title to the elementary school my children attend for their library and look forward to trying out Brocket's SPIKY, SLIMY, SMOOTH: WHAT IS TEXTURE? very soon!
Notes: Received digital review copy via NetGalley.
We can see yellow, which "is light and sunny" in a yellow primrose cupcake, a stained glass mosaic, a door, and a beautiful vase of daffodils. Blue is one of those colors that seems to be all around us. You can see it in a pool, a pair of navy blue boots, "aqua sneakers," and blue jeans. There are several other colors that can be made by mixing primary colors. You'll learn which colors are mixed to make green, orange, and purple and you'll see several exciting examples of them in these pages. Brown, pink, black, white, silver, and gold are other colors you'll see. You'll also learn about different shades of colors you have around you. Colors are beautiful and vibrant and most likely you do have a favorite!
This is an excellent book to teach young children about basic color concepts. The colors are very vivid, making it easy for everyone to clearly recognize which color is being emphasized. For example when we look at the color red the text says, "Red is bright and bold. Scarlet candy, ruby flowers, crimson chairs, and rosy apples say, `Look at me!'" Homeschool or classroom lesson plans can easily be built around this book, especially after a read and discuss session on a particular color in this book. The age range for this book is listed at 4 to 8, but can be easily adapted for preschool use. The book itself is a bold, innovative, and fun book that can be used by a wide age range of children.
This book courtesy of the publisher.