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Lemons Are Not Red

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2004. 32 pages
First published: 2004
ISBN: 9781596431959 (paperback)
9781596430082 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 535
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This picture book adopts a charmingly different approach to teaching about colour. Beginner readers will negotiate the repetition of simple sentences with confidence, while enjoying the gentle humour behind the theme: “Carrots are not . . . PURPLE”, “Grass is not . . . BLUE.”

Texture and variegation play an inspired role in the visuals. The correct colours are depicted both as a flat, single colour and as a painterly combination of hues. Cut-out figures allow for the colour of objects to change when the page is turned. On a page of swirling pink and white, the language reads, “ Flamingos are not.” A cut-out flamingo on the facing page shows gray from the page behind. Children will relish correcting the wrong-headed text: “GRAY”. Once the page is turned, indeed, the flamingo comes alive with swirling pinks. Error-free statements always follow, with an engaging illustration to support the message. “Elephants are GRAY.”

A clever idea, backed by top-notch illustrations, design and execution, give this book its jewel-like brilliance.

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    Predict what will come next as you listen to the book read aloud.

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    Make a list of everyday objects that have the specific colours from the book.

  •  Using the same format, make your own book. Use different objects for the colours.
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    Predict what will come next as you listen to the book read aloud.

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    Make a class list of everyday objects that have the specific colours from the book.

  •  Retell the story using pictures of the objects.
  • Visual Arts