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Color Dance

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  83 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. ...more
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. ...more
Lauren Gustainis
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a kid and recently got it for my niece as a Christmas present so I reread it. Don’t judge me for including in my book count for this year. It still rules honestly, more kids should know what chartreuse and vermillion and magenta look like
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
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
Jillian Cryder
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was a very good book for teaching about colors! I wish I had this book while I was younger, I was always into coloring and painting and always was mixing different colors, Color Dance would have been a good study guide for me to use. Color Dance starts with the primary colors and talking about what they are by themselves then mixing them and talking about all the possible colors you can make with the colors combined or just two of them. Its quite interesting. I like that they used dancers t ...more
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
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. ...more
Allyson (Belle)
The conceptual idea was great, and this could still potentially be used as a story time aid for the mixing of colors, but ultimately not the best books for color learning as the red color is more pink.
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. ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The red in this book is not red... it’s pink.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice depiction of the color wheel.
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?
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I absolutely loved this as a kid and I still do.
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.
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

Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: storytime
Cute, but I think it might work better as a Big Book than this. (at least for storytime purposes)
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
How color mixing works; including using white, grey and black.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was just okay. It plays with the concept of mixing colors but I wouldn't use it for a story time because I feel it lacks an interactive element. ...more
Ethan & Isaac
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colors
I want to dance with scarves like that!
Ron Turner
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea behind it but they weren't able to quite pull it off, even with some of the colors (that's pink not red). ...more
Erin Darmody
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: daphne2020
A dancers mix colors with their sheets to show how primary and complimentary colors work. Cute visual. No story line.
Taylor Welch
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: informational-4
I enjoyed this book because it showed how many different colors are made with primary colors. It has great illustrations that show how each color can be blended together to make a new color. It is recommended for children aged 4-8.
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
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