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Title: A Book About Color
Author & Illustrator: Mark Gonyea
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2010
Suitable for: Ages 5 – 8
Themes: Color Theory
Introduction to basic color theory such as primary/secondary, the color wheel. Also explains how artists visualize and choose colors.
Book can be used in any classroom setting discussing color and art. A science discussion on primary/secondary colors could lead into a talk about the order of the colors in a rainbow. In Art classes, kids can do activities surrounding unsaturated vs saturated, and how it makes different objects “pop” out of the picture. Here is a link to some coloring pages from the actual book.
Why I Like This Book:
Explains color theory in a simple, easy-to-read format. The publisher has this book rated as ages 9+. However, I feel the simplicity of the book in text and pictures would lend itself better to a younger audience. The book starts off with the basic concepts of primary and secondary colors. Next it cheerfully describes how different colors can represent different things. The book then builds on those concepts to explain how artists choose colors in order to move pictures to the foreground or background. The book also discusses saturation, the color wheel, and complementary colors.