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LEMONS ARE NOT RED by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Kirkus Star


by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-59643-008-7
Publisher: Roaring Brook

A few words, a handful of brilliant colors and a bewitching idea will enchant the youngest of book lovers and their resident grownups, as did Seeger’s Hidden Alphabet (2003). “Lemons are not RED,” proclaims the text, as emphatically as any three-year-old, except that the die-cut shape of a lemon on the page appears, quite clearly, to be red. But when the page is turned, and the text “Lemons are YELLOW” appears, the die-cut shape displays the proper, enticing yellow. The following page pronounces, “Apples are RED,” and displays a shapely, luscious specimen. Carrots aren’t purple, flamingoes aren’t gray, and grass is not blue; each cut-out displays the wrong color and then rights itself. Seeger has done marvelous things with her brushwork, from impasto to shimmering smoothness, so that the color values are emphasized by texture. Clever, imaginative, and utterly beguiling. (Picture book. 3-7)