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Title:
Color zoo
Author:
Ehlert, Lois.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lippincott, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
ISBN:
9780397322596

9780397322602
Format :
Book

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Summary

This acclaimed Caldecott Honor Book is a visually exciting introduction to colors, shapes, and animals for preschoolers.

"Boldly designed pages easily carry to the rear of the room during story hours, and brilliant juxtapositions of vibrant primary colors will make children's eyes tingle." (School Library Journal)

"A masterpiece of graphic design." (American Library Association Caldecott Committee)

"Color Zoo is about concepts--shapes, colors, and animals--but also about looking at the world in a new and creative way." (Children's Books and Their Creators)

"Employs ingeniously designed, perfectly die-cut and bound pages which line up exactly to unfold nine distinctly recognizable abstractly formed animal heads. Immensely enjoyable." (CCBC Choices)

Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo.


Author Notes

Lois Ehlert was born November 9, 1934, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and the Layton School of Art. She has also worked as an art teacher, freelance illustrator, and designer. Her work as an author and an illustrator has appeared in countless publications and has received numerous awards and honors.

In addition to creating books, Ehlert has produced toys, games, clothes for children, posters, brochures, catalogs, and banners. She has received the Caldecott Honor Book, 1989, for Color Zoo, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Snowballs, the Booklist Editors' Choice for Cuckoo/Cucú: A Mexican Folktale/Un Cuento Folklórico Mexicano, the IRA Teachers' Choice and NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts for Feathers for Lunch, the American Library Association Notable Children's Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Ehlert plays with colors and cutout shapes in this inviting picture book that shows how, with a little imagination, basic shapes can combine to make a tiger, a mouse, or a fox. Apart from an introductory rhyme that invites children to try their own hand at creating animals, words are few, functioning mainly as labels for the forms. The book boasts clean, flat colors, with the circles, triangles, and squares cut out of the thick paper pages. One cutout looks through to another, and their combinations, decorated with the proper crisp graphics, produce the stylized animal faces. All of the colors, shapes, and animals are rounded up in a neat visual index at the finish, which will help children clarify the distinctive elements of each creation. Although the book's paper is sturdy, the pages aren't cardboard, and busy little fingers will soon wear them out. This could be considered a toy as much as a book, and grownups will find its attractive layout a ready draw for their young charges. --Denise Wilms


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-- This uniquely designed book features a series of cutouts stacked so that with each page turn, a layer is removed to reveal yet another picture. Each configuration is an animal: a tiger's face (a circle shape) and two ears disappear with a page turn to leave viewers with a square within which is a mouse. The mouse's square frame, removed, reveals a fox. There are three such series, and each ends with a small round-up of the shapes used so far. That's not all. On the reverse of the turned page is the shape cutout previously removed with the shape's printed name. While the tiger and lion are not easy to identify in their geometrically shaped components, children will readily name the seven others and will delight in identifying both animals and shapes. Boldly designed pages easily carry to the rear of the room during story hours, and brilliant juxtapositions of vibrant primary colors will make children's eyes tingle. --Susan Hepler, formerly at Windsor Public Library, Conn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.