A conversation among the colors, in which each hue sings its own praises until finally they all agree that ""none of us can do without the others."" Their speeches are poetic verging on precious (""See how bright I am. I am the chrysanthemums that cheer the autumn gardens. I am the yellow cat who sleeps in the sun. . .""). But at the foot of each page Max the Cat adds some deflating criticism, rejecting each color one after another until they get together -- with individual color separations that are eventually merged into a ""full"" color page -- to make him his proper three-toned self. This all adds up to a reasonably clever demonstration of elementary color theory and even color printing, bu it would have been better if ""red"" did not appear as a pastel pink and better still if Duvoisin's impish collages were not so out of sync with his gentle ""lovely"" prose. Somewhat hokier than the usual Duvoisin.