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Color Dance

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  73 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 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.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is super inaccurate because the color it refers to as 'red' is actually pink; therefore, its entire premise is false.
Oct 19, 2008 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.
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I found the illustrations in this picture book to be average and they didn’t really stand out. But with lack of creativ
Jan 18, 2013 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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ann Jonas does a good, clear job of pointing out different colors and what they make when you mix them together. She does this in her book "Color Dance" by the illustrations of little dancers running with sheer fabrics that are different colors the way these little dancers run creates a "color dance" that the class you're teaching could also do and participate in after or even during reading the book! The words are a little plain and not very fun but I guess it may be to keep the attention on th ...more
Joanne Roberts
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This breathtakingly simple picture book explores color-mixing through an imaginary interpretive dance. Three children dance with silks of primary colors. As they overlap, the text talks about the color wheel and names the secondary and tertiary colors as well as touching on shades and tints. A brief explanation is written in the back. Color names like vermilion and aquamarine may be difficult for young readers to read alone, but excellent for reading aloud. The original watercolors are absolutel ...more
Luisa Knight
See a color wheel come to life as dancers demonstrate how the blending of certain colors makes other colors.

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Alicia Evans
I read this in preparation for my Colors storytime this week, but I decided not to use it. It really bothered me that the red character was actually pink, which is confusing for me let alone young readers trying to learn color and color theory. The premise was wonderful--I love using sheer scarves to show kids color blending too--but this was disappointing.

For: readers looking for a book about dance.

Red flags: The red is actually pink, thus the book is inaccurate.
Maggie Ignasiak
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great book to accompany a number of lessons and activities. It's also great for many age groups, mostly thanks to the supplemental material at the end explaining primary, complementary, and tertiary colors. This would make a great book for learning colors, art classes, parachute activities, and dance classes.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The red in this book is not red... it’s pink.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great way to show how mixing the primary colors makes other colors and from the title one may think this is about dance. Good representation of mixing colors.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute story about color but why does a boy represent white and black but the girls only represent one color each?
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: colors
Rich color examples and an extensive vocabulary, but creepy faces and strange "dialogue" (such as the last page). Still, this gives me some ideas about fun ways to show kids color mixtures.
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a simply told, yet very helpful teaching about colours and missing them. Children with ribbons of colour demonstrate the combining of them to create new colours.
Karla Winick-Ford
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great book at read to preschoolers

I added it to the art area

addresses shades and variances

rich vocabulary too

Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice depiction of the color wheel.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I absolutely loved this as a kid and I still do.
Shraddha Kapadia
Jonas, Ann. Color Dance (1989). Greenwillow Books. New York.

This concept book is a color theory concept book. It explores colors and what happens when you mix them with other colors through fabric layering of fabric as the color dancers dance across the stage and explain color facts.

The are a few strengths I noticed as I read this book. The first strength being that all of the characters appear to be of different ethnic backgrounds, not to say this is a multicultural text, but in today's urban c
Lily Tice
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE books as a child.
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
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came across this book when searching for dance-themed books for a weekly afterschool activity I was going to be leading with elementary-aged kids.  In addition to being good for little dancers, it’s a great book for any child who is growing interested in colors, how they work, what they're called and how they change when blended.

I (and my three-year-old reading buddy) appreciated the book’s focus on the colors themselves.  It doesn’t get into terminology--primary, secondary, color spectrum--bu
Aug 11, 2011 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
Jun 25, 2016 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
Jan 30, 2012 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 hap ...more
Amanda Howell
Sep 12, 2013 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
Kimberlee Gutterman
Sep 12, 2016 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 magent ...more
Lauren Brown
Jan 28, 2016 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 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
Feb 12, 2011 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 differ ...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 c ...more
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