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Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Nov 26, 11

bookshelves: read-for-libs-642, picture
Read in November, 2011

1. This book would fall under the category of a picture book, concept.
2. Lemons definitely are not red – but what color are they? This book explores colors to decide what colors are and are not possible.
3. critique
a. The strongest part of this book is its game-like quality.
b. The book is set up as a game of it’s not this, so what is it? The book uses cutouts to pose the original question or statement like “Lemons are not red.” This simple statement allows the reader to try to guess what color lemons should be. Turning the page gives the reader the answer.
c. The cutouts of the book pose many questions throughout the pages. Some of the cutouts are more obvious than others, which will extend the reader’s vocabulary and knowledge base. Colors are explored while traditional colors of the real world are discussed in the book.
4. a curriculum connection
This book is ideal to teach not only colors, but vocabulary of traditional colors of the world. Children could also predict something that is the color that the original statement is not. Lemons are not red – but what could be red? Can you name something? Flamingos are not grey –what could be grey? The book follows a predictable pattern that will interest from the simple pre-readers to more advanced ones.
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