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Color Dance

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by step by step.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 23rd 1989 by Greenwillow Books
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Jun 16, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Our whole family loved this book. All about colors, the illustrations were simple and effective. It talked about the basic primary colors and then what colors you would get when you mixed them, working it's way up to more unusual colors like magenta. The kids in the book are doing a dance with this big colorful flags that when they run by each other, overlap and display a different color. It's their color dance. Lots of fun, we read it several times.
Oct 19, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Title: Color Dance
Author: Ann Jonas, Ann Jonas (Illustrator)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 40 pp, 1989
Format: Picture Book (Concept Book)
Intended Audience: Children, ages 3 to 8
Color Dance is a picture book that combines both color and dance. Learn about the colors in the rainbow and what happens when you combine two different colors together.
Personal Review:
I found the illustrations in this picture book to be average and they didn’t really stand out. But with lack of creativ
Jan 20, 2013 Quanita rated it it was ok
• Title: Color Dance
• Author: Ann Jonas
• Recommended Ages or grades: 2-6 year olds
• Summary: This is book for little girls who may like to dance. It starts with a group of three girls of different multicultural groups in dance clothes. The book has three girls who have big garments in red, yellow and blue and their leotard is the color of their scarves. A boy with a white scarf come later and at the end is a color wheel and a curtain of many colors. This book is a bit boring to me and there seem
Miss Sarah
Nov 18, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: colors
Four dancers with scarves combine to make multiple colors in this simple any age group appropriate book.
Oct 09, 2016 Morgan added it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked the Color Dance. I think this book would be interesting as a start to an art lesson. The pictures did a great job serving their purpose with the mixing of the colors. It was a unique way to represent different colors that children may not know.
Ali Martini
Sep 30, 2016 Ali Martini rated it really liked it
Kindergarden introduction to color mixing.
Kimberlee Gutterman
Oct 03, 2016 Kimberlee Gutterman rated it it was ok
Shelves: predictable
This book contains the familiar concept of colors because the reader can guess what color will come out when two colors are mixed. Although I think younger children would like this, it should mainly be for fourth or fifth grade. I think this because the older kids have already been taught what colors you get when you mix them. This book was very creative in the way that we get to see what colors look like when we mix them. This book uses words for colors that children may not know such as ...more
Shelby Summerville
The book color dance written and illustrated by Ann Jonas is a lovely story about a dance showing the colors of the color wheel. The dance begins with three girls, one in red, one in yellow, and one in blue, these being the primary colors. The girls in red and yellow show how their scarves of these colors make orange. Then the girl in yellow pairs with the girl in blue and they show their colors together make green. These three new colors being the secondary colors on the color wheel. The three ...more
Tristan Doane
Sep 15, 2016 Tristan Doane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary-books
Color dance is a brilliant book for those who love to dance and who are learning about different colors. It shows the reader that you can dance and have fun while also learning about what two colors make other colors.
I enjoyed reading this book that had close connections with the text and the illustration. The colors were bright and pretty and made you interested in reading it.
Sep 15, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
If I ever get a Kindergarten classroom, this book will be on the top of my book list.
This book is too repetitive for my liking, but it teaches kids about colors and what happens when two or more colors blend together. A great learning book and I see the appeal for the kids, but not my favorite. I easily lost my interest after seeing the two dancers mix colors and dancing alone. I love the concept, but the book doesn't have enough pizzazz for me.
Aug 11, 2011 David rated it liked it
Color Dance by Ann Jonas is a clever combination of dance with colors, using semi transparent scarves. A girl in red, a girl in yellow, a girl in blue, and a boy in white and black, each with matching scarves, create a rainbow of colors, step by step.

Jonas' straight-forward text explains what colors result from combining two colors. Primary, secondary and tertiary colors are named. At the end of the book, a labeled color wheel and two detailed paragraphs explain the colors, and the use of pure p
Jul 10, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
In my copy, at least, the 'red' is magenta. And printer ink, which is what modern kids are more likely to be able to relate to, is magenta, yellow, blue. So this book is, maybe, more relevant/ accessible than the classics like Mouse Paint. Otoh, scientists view the 'color wheel' differently than do artists. If a child is interested in graphic design, art, desktop publishing, etc., he'll need a much better grounding than any picture book, no matter how pretty, can give. I'm still struggling to un ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Viri rated it really liked it
This book starts with three different ballerinas who are carrying different color transparent fabric and are dancing with them. They are also identifying the colors each one is dressed in and representing: yellow, red, and blue. Then they each try blending the colors together to get different colors like green or purple or orange etc, they all dance and mix the colors as they present all the colors they can form. At the end a boy comes into the book with a gray, and black fabrics to see what ...more
Amanda Howell
Sep 12, 2013 Amanda Howell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Picture Book Soak: Caught My Attention

This book is a great way to teach colors and how certain colors are made. This book caught my attention because it had the word dance in the title and I have danced my entire life. I never expected when I opened the book up for it to be so educational and enticing.

The illustrator does a great job at blending the colors on all the pages of this book. The author mixes all of the different colors together and the girls dance and use their streamers or sheets t
Lauren Brown
Jan 28, 2016 Lauren Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: concept-books
This book is great for students who need more of a visual model. The vibrant, colorful illustrated pages use the primary colors while also using white and black to illustrate the concept of how colors are formed. This book in my opinion would appeal more to the girls in a class just because they are going to be more receptive to a book where girls are dancing while I feel boys are going to be at a disconnect because there is no relation that places them in the story and would probably be seen as ...more
Rachael Vanderhoof
Feb 23, 2012 Rachael Vanderhoof rated it it was ok
Shelves: concept-book
Color Dance is a concept book that presents ideas of mixing colors to create new ones. It is based on the color wheel and mixing primary colors. I liked how the author incorporated both color and dance, this provided movement to the story. You can see this movement when looking at the illustrations. The colors look like they are dancing across the page. I also liked that the children that are portrayed in the book are all different colors. With that said, I must add that I did not like the shade ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children
Finally, I have re-acquianted myself with the title of the book that represents my childhood days sitting in the library, opening this up and reading this countless times over as a kid. It has been my favourite books as a child, over the years I've recalled the illustration and story, but through time lost the name of the author and title. But tonight, with abit of obscure Google searching - I've found it. This book is a fun, great way to show children colours and how they can mix to make ...more
Anne-thomas Donnelly
Color Dane by Ann Jonas is a cute book that can help teach students how to mix different colors together to make new ones! The girls in red, yellow, and blue dance around showing how different colors mix. The illustrations really help give a visual aid to the mixing of colors. The bright fun drawing will keep students interested and involved in the story. The back of the book even has a color wheel to show the relationships between colors. This would be a great book to use in an elementary art ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: concept
Color Dance by Ann Jonas is a whirlwind of colors! This book is used to illustrate the color wheel by using the medium of dance scarves. There are scarves assigned to dancers in primary colors. Throughout the book the dancers layer the scarves to make the various colors of the color wheel. I particularity enjoyed this book because of the purity of the colors and the interesting use of dance. I would recommend this book to mid elementary grades because of the use of colors such as vermillion, ...more
Taylor Railey
Apr 15, 2014 Taylor Railey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: concept
I LOVED this book. This would be a great book to use in the art room before teaching about colors and the color wheel. The back of the book gives a great and detailed description of the color wheel that could be used in a lesson. The bright colors of red, yellow, and blue stand out well in the illustrations. They are very bright. It was easy to understand the concept of mixing different colors to make other colors. This is a great learning tool and if I remember I will try to incorporate it in ...more
Kayla Gayle
Oct 06, 2013 Kayla Gayle rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, concept
Color Dance was a very fun, creative book to introduce colors to children. However I felt that the book may be a bit boring as to introducing the colors. The illustrations show that the mixing of two colors can be made to create new colors. A girl in yellow, a girl in red, and a girl in blue carry the same color scarf. The girls then dance around mixing their scarves in order to create new colors. A very enticing and exciting way to describe new colors and how to get them.
Feb 09, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Although this book looked a little different at first, I soon began to realize what lesson it was incorporating. I began with just three colors, but it quickly began to show how mixing colors could make more colors and so on. The book closed by showing the complete color wheel, and talking about greys and dark colors. This would be great to show early learners, and someone could incorporate a read aloud with an art project.
Mary Ann
Oct 30, 2009 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
I just love this way of showing kids how colors combine to form other colors. The author/illustrator uses kids dancing with semi-transparent scarves to show how the colors combine. There's movement and interest as the dancers pull different colored scarves behind them to make other colors when they overlap. It's at once unique and an experience kids can relate to. I also appreciate the variety of the group of kids dancing (multicultural, plus a boy not just girls).
I like the dance concept here and would love to see a color dance staged, but as a storybook this fell flat, especially in comparison to all of the other lovely color books that my son and I have been looking at together lately. The story wasn't interesting to read out loud, and I didn't think the pictures were anything special. Other books teach the same concept in a more engaging way.
Marianne Moseley
Feb 13, 2012 Marianne Moseley rated it really liked it
Color Dance is a book about children who create every color of the rainbow. There are girls in yellow, blue and red and two boys in black and white. By mixing these colors through bright and cheerful illustrations this book will be loved by children of all ages.

I would go to the science center and set up a paint mixing experiment.
Dec 20, 2009 Shawna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: K-1st grade
Shelves: picture-books
The book itself is fun. You learn how colors blend and the colors they make when they blend. I liked that I learned new colors as well. I hated that the "red" was a pinkish color. I felt it would be great for learnng colors in reading but don't think I would use it as a visual for actual colors because of the differences in the colors of the book and the actual colors.
This book was a nice introduction to color and how colors blend and mix. We all really enjoyed this and will use it again.

While we used it for early science it could be read for fun with your young ones as well.
Jan 27, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: color requests
A standard for my color story time. I love the simple introduction to how colors combine to form other colors. The children always seem intrigued. 1/18/12

Did colors tonight and a little girl was here first and begged to have this read. There were lots of comments that the red was pinkish...
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