Review - Red, Yellow, Blue and You

Friday, January 09, 2009

 Red, Yellow, Blue and You (My First Colors)
Cynthia Vance (Author), Candace Whitman (Illustrator)
Abbeville Press
ISBN-10: 0789209691
About The Book

Red, Yellow, Blue, and You, an adaptation of Abbeville's beautiful My First Colors series, features each primary color to teach children about the role of red, yellow, and blue in their everyday lives. The texture of watercolor collages makes children want to touch the pages and, with sturdy pages and a padded cover, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You is tough enough to withstand the daily (and nightly) wear and tear of little hands.

"Are you ready for red?" ranges from buckets of berries to urban landscapes of stop signs and fire engines. Asking, "What can you do with yellow?" bright watercolors of lions, lemons, bumblebees, and taxis fill the pages. And "Bring on the blue!" introduces a countryside of forget-me-nots, bluefish, and a starry night sky.

With collages of torn paper watercolors and simple poetic text, this attractive boardbook will be enjoyed time and time again. Young children will learn that a single word can encompass many "shades" of meaning, and that colors are what make everyday life vivid and exciting.

My Thoughts

A lovely, lovely book. One I had true fun sharing with my toddler and teaching him all about colors. It was a wonderful experience and I'm sure you'll have fun with it too.

About the Author

Cynthia Vance is an actor and the director of the Abbeville Family division. She has received critical recognition for her work in theater, film, and television. Red, Yellow, Blue, and You is her first children's book. She lives in New York City with her husband, Abbeville Press publisher Robert E. Abrams, and their three year-old son Nathaniel.

About the Illustrator

This will be illustrator Candace Whitman’s twelfth children’s book, with her 1995 Night is Like an Animal named on of The New York Times 10 Best Children’s Books of the Year. Whitman is also the author and illustrator of Abbeville’s My First Colors series, comprised of Ready for Red, Bring on the Blue, and Yellow and You. She holds degrees from Yale and New York University, has taught art in elementary schools in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently studying for a master’s degree in theology from Princeton.

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2 People said

  1. I'm thinking this might be great for my toddler, who insists that everything is really the color blue, no matter what color it actually is, lol.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Mine as well. Lol, part of the learning curve, I suppose.


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