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Of Colors and Things
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Tana Hoban's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world. Tana Hoban's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world.

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PreS-K-- Instead of interposing itself between readers and the subject, the lens of Hoban's camera seems to strip away whatever might have kept them from really seeing the captured object. No red, yellow, green, orange, or blue ever looked so pure, so intense, so much itself. Like a gift box, each generous white page is tied with a ribbon of the featured color. The resulting rectangles frame user-friendly objects from a child's bright world: toys, food, and ``accessories'' in isolated glory. On each page one multicolor grouping invites a search for the matching color. Reassuringly, colors in nature here hold their own against paint and plastics. Of Colors and Things is a book that recreates objects for the adult as it interprets them for the child. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

A bright blue comb, a pair of fire-engine red mittens, a vibrant yellow butterfly: the pages of the inimitable Hoban's ( 26 Letters and 99 Cents ; Shapes, Shapes, Shapes ) latest offering fairly burst with glossy, glorious color. The rainbow objects she presents here are at once familiar and fresh, all of them a treat for the eye. And her striking, sumptuous photographs prove once more that wordless books can captivate and entertain children. The layout of the book is simple and elegant: each page is quartered by a ribbon of color, and in three of the four quadrants are objects of corresponding hue--jellybeans, pinwheels and toy dinosaurs; in the fourth quarter is a bright object that combines many primary colors. These pages will undoubtedly provide a satisfying give-and-take between parent and child--this is a splashy offering. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)

"Tana Hoban needs no words to fascinate and enthrall.""--The Horn Book"

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