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The Colors of History: How Colors Shaped the World

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Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which color is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colors, and the roles they've played throughout history. From black to white, and all the colors in betwe ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by QEB Publishing
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Jennifer
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a different, but very interesting, view of history. I loved the illustrations, and I learned a few things. I look forward to sharing this with my library patrons.

Thank you to QEB Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Gianna
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Throughout human history, colors have played a much more significant role than what we give them credit for! All colors have a story to tell, and The Colors of History tell exactly those stories. Did you know that there are different shades of yellow, all with their own names and history? What color comes from cactus creatures? What is Puce?

What a wonderful book to have! The Colors of History is a very interesting, and very well constructed book! Filled with fun facts and history, it never gets
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Scott
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
The facts are extremely fascinating. I loved learning about the different colors. So why 2 stars? Glad you asked.

1) Most of these colors aren't typical colors, a pronunciation guide would have been nice, especially since this is written for younger readers.
2) Zero back matter. Where did these facts come from? For all we know, all of these fun facts were made up.
3) Awful design. Black text on dark colors or speckled colors. It was such an eye strain.
Victoria
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I recently read Kassia St Klair’s ‘The Secret Lives Of Colour’ and I found it fascinating and I really enjoyed that book but it’s nice to read a stunning but concise version of the same kind of thing, perfect for young readers.

I love how it’s divided into sections of various shades of colours and how the information was broken down in the book. With interesting facts about different colours, delivered with incredible illustrations that really shine a light on the colours that were being profiled
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Melanie
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this in exchange for an honest review. With thanks to Netgalley.

The cover on Goodreads really detracts from the book. The cover of my copy is beautiful and perfectly matches the book. See it here: link

I really enjoyed The Colours of History, it’s packed with information and beautifully designed. The colours and artworks are stunning and so child-friendly. I would love to own this as a coffee table book! It’s brilliant to read together and if I had children, I would definitely want the
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Julie
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I looooove any art/art history books about color, and this one is a fabulous 64-page book for kids. Simplified and interesting! I recommend Victoria Finlay’s books about color for delving deeper into the history of each one.
Carly Thompson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, art, nonfiction
Interesting factoid nonfiction book about the history and science between famous colors. While the cartoony art was engaging, I would have liked to see photographs (especially of some of the famous artwork) as well.
Maija
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sharply defined and concise
Sandy
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the way historical information was laid out in this non fiction title about colors.
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Colors of History is a children's non fiction book written by Clive Gifford and illustrated by Marc-Etienne Peintre. Color has played an important part in history, in unexpected ways that most of us never realize. Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which color is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colors, and ...more
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May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had to try and explain to your child why two colours are called red – yes, for the most part we can be a bit lazy and we say the general colour it is. If feeling motivate we might even throw in a “light” or “dark” *gasp*! Recently though, my own daughter wasn’t satisfied with my explanation of purple – because she has three shades – and so we discussed violet and lilac and it got complicated…but eventually she was all purpled-out! (This book actually adds 3 shades of purple to my t ...more
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful book! Divided by color, each section tells the story of unique colors in history. From Saffron Yellow and Tyrian Purple to Mummy Brown and Egyptian Blue, colors have played some important roles in human history, and many of their stories are unknown. The graphics are clear and simple, the colors pop and the information is straight forward and easy to understand. I think kids and adults alike will find something of interest in this book!
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May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look at how various parts of our history and intrinsically linked to certain colours and how those colours came to prominence. It is interesting for kids and adults alike and will add colour to your current knowledge of certain historical periods.
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Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author with over 170 books published and more than 800 features and stories written for adults and children.

Clive is an unusual author who likes to work in both fiction and non-fiction. Perhaps this reflects his unusual life which, so far, has seen him travel to over 70 countries, be held hostage in Colombia, go parachuting, coach several sports
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