Colour knowledge: Did you know pink was originally yellow? Do you know why royals wear purple? Unlock the mysteries of colours.
Title: The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World
Author: Clive Gifford
Illustrator: Marc-Etienne Peintre
ISBN:9781682973400 Language: English
Themes: history, colours, meaning
What’s it about?
This book explores how colours got their names but not just the boring yellow, green, red…but so yellow ochre and cochineal. It discusses how and where he colour came about – from rocks to insects and everything in between.
Each colour that is discussed is done so over a two-page spread; the text is done in short paragraph blocks (about 2 sentences each) and placed around in the picture. The illustrations are so engaging and brightly coloured in the theme of the colour.
Um…could I have a second edition with even more colours explained? Please?
Oh wow, I’m being spoilt at the moment with all these wonderful non-fiction books! Have you ever had to try and explain to your child why two colours are called red – yes, for the most part we can be a bit lazy and we say the general colour it is. If feeling motivate we might even throw in a “light” or “dark” *gasp*! Recently though, my own daughter wasn’t satisfied with my explanation of purple – because she has three shades of purple markers – and so we discussed violet and lilac and it got complicated…but eventually she was all purpled-out! (This book actually adds 3 shades of purple to my teach list for her now!)
Colours are one of the early things we learn as children. We learn to distinguish between colours and then shades. I’ll be honest though, I’ve never ever stopped to think how a colour got its name (with the exception of lapis lazuli – I had a thing for learning about rocks at one time).
This is a fascinating book that looks at a sample of colour shades and explains what it was named after or how it was named and some of its uses. As an adult I’m finding this interesting! With simple text and stunning support illustrations this is one of those books to have in your general or art classroom. My students would have gotten such a buzz from learning about the history of blues, reds, and greens when we did the Warm and Cool Colours Art Activity. It would have added a much needed depth to the lesson as well as incorporating a bit of history and look at how a vocabulary develops.
Great for beginner and competent readers; especially good to engage reluctant readers and students who may be below their reading level. Go on and buy this one as soon as it is released on 19th April 2018 in Australia and elsewhere!