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Hello, Red Fox

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  664 ratings  ·  77 reviews
It's Little Frog's birthday, and Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests show up for his party -- all the animals are the wrong color! Little Frog tells her she's not looking long enough, and he's right.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 1998)
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On a little frog’s birthday, the mother frog is surprised with all the guests that show up. She sees that all of the animals are the wrong color. The little frog was right when he told her she was not looking hard enough. This is a very good book to read to kids at a young age. It teaches diversity and how you can be friends with whoever you want to be friends with, no matter their background or culture. This should be used in the classroom to teach those things because they are relative to aspe ...more
REALLY fun book!!! You look at the "red" picture with a dot for 10 seconds and then look at the dot on the next page and you see the image in the corresponding complimentary color! Great book for discussing the science behind it all--the rods in your eye get fatigued when you look at one color long enough, you see the complimentary color coming out. My kids at 5 and younger are too young to see the images pop out. But I LOVED it! I even think high school kids would love it.
I have to say I'm impressed. I never thought I'd ever see anything this new and truly original in a picture book. The idea is just so fascinating, and it is executed in an engaging and unforgettable way. I'm sorry it isn't three times as long. Unfortunately, with the illustrations being so the focus, the story suffers.
April Castle
I would use this book to introduce the color wheel and opposites. If you stare at dots in the book and then stare away to next dot, you will see the complementary color. This book would be hard to do as a whole reading but you could use it as an example and put it in the book box for the week.
I think this book is fun to read. On the left page is a picture of an animal with the "wrong" color and a dot in the center of it. You stare at the dot for ten seconds then look over to the page on the right, which is just a blank page with a black dot, and on the right page you can see the animal's shape in the complimentary color. The concept was completely over my kids' heads, but they still enjoy counting to ten while I have fun playing tricks with my eyes.

The story is not that great since t
This was an Eric Carl book that I hadn't seen before. I really like the concept and think kids will have fun staring at the dots and making the pictures appear. It gave me a bit of a headache though since there are so many dots that you have to stare at.
Becca Dunlap
Froggy invites friends over for a party and every one is the wrong color! This is an interactive book about color. The color you see in the picture is not the color the animal is. Might be a challenge for a younger audience.
Marie Summers
I think this book is more interesting for adults. The four to eight year old crowd that love most of his books would not have the patience to make this book work. It demonstrates a rather sophisticated visual trick.
The guest bedroom at my parents' place doubles as an art studio and I'm always entranced by the colour wheel that's displayed on a wardrobe door opposite the bed. Thanks to Eric Carle, I now know that Goethe was not only a German writer and philosopher but also the creator of that wheel and colour theory. Hello, Red Fox is a bit gimmicky and repetitive and reminded me a little of the Magic Eye books of my childhood, which I hated because I could never see the illusions behind the images. But it ...more
Ashley Thorpe
I remember reading this as a child. I thought it was the coolest book in the world because the pictures would magically appear right in front of me. This book does have a lot of words in it and would be geared for older children. I do enjoy that the animals "change colors" when you stare at them then to the white page. It is amazing how fun this book is. There is not much color but I am glad there is not, would take away from the whole experience. Some children might have problems with this book ...more
Rosa Cline
If my granddaughter had been older and been able to understand the meaning behind this story it may have been better. It's not really a story so for those looking for a storybook don't get this. Its got a picture of an animal on one page and the next is a white page that you are to look at the mis colored animal then when you look at the white you'll see what is being described. An optical illusion. But was confusing to my 3 year old granddaughter when I would read "Hello red fox" but the pictur ...more
Jenn Clauss
Hello, Red Fox is legitimately one of the worst children's books I've ever read. For starters, the fox only plays a minor role in the book, so I don't know why that was chosen as the title. The book uses optical illusions in a neat way to teach children about complementary colors and the color wheel, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about it. The writing is absolutely terrible. It's painful to read because of how repetitive it is. It's literally the same sentences on every page ...more
Kay Mcgriff
My daugher (and me, too) loved Eric Carle. We had board books and hardback and paperback picture books. As soon as she saw Hello, Red Fox, she recognized Carle's distinctive artwork. I was surprised there was another Carle book that we hadn't read. Little Frong invites his friends to his birthday party, but Mama Frog thinks they are the wrong color! Using an optical illsusion based on the color wheel, the reader helps Mama Frog "see" the right colors. As a kid, I loved these illusions. I enjoyed ...more
Bonnie Gayle
This was one I was thinking of using for my final storytelling set, but it would not have worked at all.

The story is a simple and repetitive one. A boy invites animal friends to his party, and says, for example, "hello red fox!" his mom tells him that the fox is green, and the son says to look closer.

Here we reach my problem with the book. You have to stare at the green fox (they give you a dot to focus on) and then when you look at the next blank page, you see the after image, which is now red.
Megan Cureton
The book Hello, Red Fox was geared a little more towards younger children than what I expected before reading the story. But I will say that this book does an exceptional job of showing children how the color wheel works and how you get certain colors from other colors. This would work well if the children or students are learning about complementary colors and you could dedicate this book for art and incorporate it into a lesson for your students. I feel like the children would enjoy this book ...more
Hello, Red Fox is an interactive book. It tells a story about a frog who invited lots of animals to his birthday party. He calls them a different color than his mother sees them. The reader is supposed to stare at the picture for ten seconds and then move their eyes and they will supposedly see the same picture in a different color.
The pictures are the main part of this story. Eric Carle is a very talented artist. He uses his artistic ability to create illusions. Somehow, he drew the pictures s
Crystal Lough
Hello, Red Fox is a picture book. It is designed for children of primary ages but can definitely be enjoyed by older children. The text holds a plot line but the story is held mainly in the pictures. On every page it has a illustration of an animal where you stare at the dot for ten seconds and then when you look at the blank page next to it you still see the image. I rated this book a 5 because this book has many strong qualities. The plot line definitely would hold their attention but the chal ...more
Kevin Wilkinson
I love the interactive aspect of "Hello, Red Fox" by Eric Carle. The activity of involving the reader into visualizing a small green object by looking at the small dot was a very clever tool of engagement.

I thought that the voice that Carle exhibited in "Hello, Red Fox" was bounded with the illustrations. That is, the words would have little to no power without the illustrates connected to those words. I don't know if that means Carle's voice in this book was weak or is that just because "Hello
Christina Swain
This book was very interesting with the idea of imagination. I think as a future educator, I would recommend this book to teachers of lower elementary grades to help their students with their colors and expand their creativity. Carle does an excellent portrayal of the opposite and complementary colors based on Goethe's color wheel.
Dominique St-pierre
If my students hadn't been so engaged, I don't think I would have liked this book as much as I did. My K students were hooked! They couldn't get enough of focusing on the dot and having everything change color. It's worth reading so that you can talk about colors, tell your art teacher how smart you are, and have a little fun.
Danelle Spicer
A very unique book based on the Goethe's Color Wheel. Little Frog is having a birthday party and inviting his colorful friends it takes his mother a little while to see their true colors.
Buku ini bermain-main dengan ilusi warna.
Itulah kenapa judul dari si buku ini adalah Hello, Red Fox, sementara si rubahnya sendiri digambarkan berwarna hijau.
Jadi ceritanya, kalau kita terlalu lama memandang sesuatu yang berwarna hijau, lalu kita mengarahkan pandangan kita ke bidang yang berwarna putih, akan terbentuk bayangan menyerupai benda yang semua kita tatap, tapi warna bayangan itu adalah merah.
Biru jadi Oranye, dan Ungu jadi Kuning.
Ga percaya? Itu ada teorinya.
Dan eric Carle menjelask
This one will require a more patient reader, but I can imagine some early grade children being very excited about this one.
Dec 06, 2010 jacky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschoolers and up
Mike and I were actually kinda fighting over this book. I picked it out because we only have a few Eric Carle books left in our library's collection that we haven't tried. I immediately was confused why the fox was green. The gimmick of this book is the after image you get in your eyes after staring at something. Its very cool and I'm sure kids who are old enough to follow the directions (stare at a dot til the count of ten, then a different dot to the count of three) will love it and think its ...more
I love the optical illusions!!! It's a fun book to play with which is what I like to do with it:)
Cute book for older children. Not so good for younger children or a read aloud with many children.
This book is so cool! Each set of pages has an illustration on the left with a small black dot in the center. After reading the text you stare at the small black dot for 10 seconds and then look at the page on the right. The right page is plain white with a small black dot. You stare at that dot for 3 seconds and then you see the illustration from the left only the colors have changed to the complementary colors, i.e. yellow is now purple, red is now green etc. Very clever. Small children might ...more
Pam Klassen-dueck
Brilliant. All the kids in my reading groups at school have loved it.
Rachel Rouleau
Cool concept but not doable for a two-year-old.
Treebear Fangirl
was one of my favorite books when I was little!
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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