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What color is nature?
Swinburne, Stephen R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Penn. : Boyds Mills Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
A photographic essay featuring colors found in nature.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Swinburne's previous books of photographs have illuminated concepts such as shapes, patterns, and opposites. Here the topic is color, a natural for his jewel-bright photos of children, animals, and plants. Clear and well composed, the sharp images make it easy for children to focus on the subjects, from the photo of a very young baseball player with a fielder's glove on one hand and a dandelion in the other to a multicolored moth resting on a leaf. The first part of the book talks about where we see colors, but the second part is a guessing game: a photo on each right-hand page is accompanied by a question, such as «What color is this apple?» that is answered on the next page. The spacious layout, generous use of white space, and irresistible photos of a multicultural crew of children make this a handsome book, while the short text and easy question-and-answer section make it a natural for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This enjoyable introduction to the colors of the natural world opens by explaining, in word and picture, that color is everywhere. There are examples of plants and creatures that are single colors (tomatoes), two-toned (butterflies), and multicolored (parrots). The second half of the book features a guessing game. Under each photograph is a question; for example, "What's the color of this salamander?" The verso offers the answer. Most of the photographs are large and display glorious hues and clear, close-up pictures of smiling children of different ethnic backgrounds. An entertaining book, especially for audience participation in storytimes.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.