Colors Book Poster Image




A series of rhythmic word-jazz poems.

What parents need to know


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

Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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?


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
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:March 6, 2000
Number of pages:40

This review of Colors was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?