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.
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
Color Dance is a book on the primary colors and what colors they make combined, visualized through dancers with scarves. The author goes through the list of combinations–red with blue, red with yellow, yellow with blue–then goes on to show how white, gray, and black affect colors.
The biggest thing I like about this book is that the primary colors are portrayed accurately. Essentially, the colors in your printer cartridges (magenta, cyan, yellow) are the actual primary colors, as they can make every other color, but other colors can’t make them. I also like the visualization of color mixing as dance, and this could be incorporated into a class activity. Finally, I like the end page with the bonus information for those hungry for more.
I would use this when teaching color words (sight words). This could also be used in conjunction with the art teacher introducing the color wheel, and for an indoor recess activity, students could be given cards with red/blue/yellow and have to find their partner that makes a certain color.
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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 Description: 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 creative and vivid illustrations, the picture book makes up for it with the great explanations about what colors you get when you combine them. There are 4 kid dancers that use different color fabrics and dance to show how they get another color from 2 different ones. This is a great concept picture book and helps kids learn about the colors in the rainbow. I know I certainly learned about 2 colors I never knew about, chartreuse and vermillion. This picture book is great for teaching children about color visually. Color Dance was published almost 20 years ago but serves a fundamental purpose of teaching children about color through dance. The dancing combined with color fabric scarves creates a series of different hues and colors in the rainbow. The concept is simple and easy to understand. Children will definitely want to read this book to learn about color. Citation of two critical sources: Publishers Weekly’s review points out interesting mistakes in this concept picture book. Some of the illustrations can be confusing in that the combining of 2 different colors doesn’t show more than one color. Also, it points out that some of the colors, blue and red, are not traditionally considered to be the true color spectrum. I didn’t even notice these “mistakes” and they are so minimal that it doesn’t affect the fundamental purpose of the book, to teach kids about colors. Children’s Literature’s review is a bit more upbeat and describes the book as a wonderful way to help kids learn about color. It also mentions how linking movement with color would also help stimulate creative thinking.
• 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 seems to be no direction. • At least one “extra” o What did you find particularly enjoyable/unenjoyable? I didn't enjoy this book, but I still think it can be used to introduce secondary colors.
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 absolutely stunning! The vibrancy and subtlety are not caught in the Goodreads cover image.
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 to talk about something simple like mixing colors. Then at the end a dancer comes in with a gray/black sheet and talks about what that can do to colors. I actually really liked the book and the way that the pictures made it interesting! This would be a good book to provide to students while they are working on an art project, or before we do the project I could read them the book so they have an idea of what colors to mix to make other colors.
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 the illustrations and the colors rather than the words. Also in this book it shows a color wheel with a lot of the colors on it and it gives you all the names of each color, so you can read through all of those colors together as a class as well.
See a color wheel come to life as dancers demonstrate how the blending of certain colors makes other colors.
Ages: 3 - 7
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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.
Wow, this book was almost as old as me! I found a copy in the library that's cover had been marked all over with a pen, and I was able to take the ink out with a Clorox wipe. This book was a cute concept book that talks about mixing colors together. It also shows what happens when white is mixed with colors and when gray is mixed with colors. It is a good book for someone who is learning about colors and likes to dance.
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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.
A fun way to introduce small children to the concept of primary and secondary colors. I got introduce new vocabulary, like “chartreuse,” then explain that “chartreuse” is green with a lot of yellow mixed in. In doing that I modeled for parents how they can talk about picture books and new words with their children.
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.
The color dance is a book about 3 girls who dance with ribbons and are going through the color wheel and how the colors mix together. This book would be so fun to have in the classroom and do a movement activity along with the book.
Decent book about colors and color mixing using kids in leotards dancing with scarves. Don't love that the 'red' is really pink - Stella already has a tricky time with red/pink, but that's kind of how colors are. I like mix it up better for books about color mixing.