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A Book About Color by Mark Gonyea
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Jun 04, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, childrens-books
Read in June, 2010

This book approaches color as a street with houses. The houses for the primary colors are bigger than those for the secondary colors, setting them apart. The book then goes on to talk about the meaning of colors and how one color can mean different things. Warm and cool colors are discussed along with the way they appear in a picture. Complementary colors are explained by lining the houses up on opposite sides of the street, the houses next to each other are analogous colors. The book finishes with saturation of colors, and white and black. Visually interesting and using a great analogy for learning about colors, this book is a treat.

Gonyea has created a book that really demonstrates aspects of color. His use of a street and house analogy works very well, keeping the primary houses large throughout the book, using the same street design to show complementary and analogous colors. His use of strong graphical images and clean design make this a book that children and adults will enjoy using. It goes well beyond a book for toddlers about color, making it a welcome choice for young artists.

Recommended for art rooms and library collections, this book is best in the hands of artists or those learning about art. A strong nonfiction book appropriate for ages 5-9.
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