An excellent read to kick-start an evolution in budding artist’s minds.

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BLUE AND OTHER COLORS

WITH HENRI MATISSE

The fine art of Matisse introduces little readers to colors.

Matisse’s cutouts employed colors and special manipulation to suggest shape. Here, the famous artist’s work is used to familiarize little ones with the variety of color the world has to offer and how these colors can work with one another. The cutouts employ blues, greens, blacks, oranges, and yellows, and the narrative text points out each color and how it’s used in each print. “Green and blue again, and, hey, what’s that other color? / It looks like purple!” The names of colors mentioned are printed in the appropriate hues. The final page of the board book provides a short note about Henri Matisse and his body of work, and a key to the artworks reproduced appears in teeny-tiny type on the inside of the front cover. Parents and readers looking for a way to inspire creativity and move beyond basic color identification will do well with this one, but those whose children are just starting to tell the difference between blue and green may want to wait a bit before adding this board book to the storytime stack.

An excellent read to kick-start an evolution in budding artist’s minds. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: April 25, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7148-7142-4

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Phaidon

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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