Colors

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A series of rhythmic word-jazz poems.

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In discussing the many colors of flesh, Nordine points out it could also be colored black and blue, or bloody.

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Parents need to know that some preteens and teens will enjoy the sophisticated poems and innovative art, but many younger kids won't get it.

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What's the story?

A series of rhythmic word-jazz poems explain the subtle differences within fifteen colors, incorporating emotions, situations, and the natural world. Drescher's art whimsically explodes off the pages--the perfect complement to this wildly conceptual package.

Is it any good?

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Ken Nordine's descriptive text deserves to be read out loud while listeners pore over Henrik Drescher's fascinating collages. In fact, one might read these poems and hear Nordine's own familiar NPR broadcast voice.

Adult children's-book collectors will love this book, but many children just won't get it. This book was read to children of various ages and sophistication levels, and although they all were immediately drawn in through the pictures, some of the concepts and subtle references went over their heads. Read it and share it with your kids, but don't expect them to return to it on their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about hues. What kind of "personality" do you think different colors and shades have? Do you ever think of other things (words, objects) as having personalities?

Book details

Author:Ken Nordine
Illustrator:Henrik Drescher
Genre:Poetry
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:March 6, 2000
Number of pages:40

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