Charley Harper Colors Board book – Jun 1 2011
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"Attention midcentury modern parents: The glorious work of Charley Harper, a visionary American illustrator, is here in board book format to complement your toddler's Oeuf bouncer and Dwell crib. Close-up extracts from classic Harper drawings are artfully used to illustrate colors...certain to mesmerize all ages." —The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
For over four decades, Charley Harper (1922-2007) provided art collectors with unique views of the natural world. In a style that Charley called "minimal realism," the artist created stylized drawings and paintings that captured the essence of his subjects using the fewest possible elements. He explained, "I don't count the feathers; I just count the wings."
Gloria Fowler is the Design Director of AMMO Books, a long time instructor at Art Center College of Design, and a mom with two kids. She is the designer of a line of children's books and toys featuring the work of artist Charley Harper.
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My three-year-old daughter and I read this one together. She is just learning to read and mastering all the different colors. The illustrations are vibrant and very visually pleasing. I love how the text is in the color as well, to help the child recognize the color name. The prose is easy for a beginning reader with a few more challenging words tossed in to help build vocabulary. My daughter wanted to read it over and over again!
I definitely recommend this one for toddler/preschool readers!
We will continue to enjoy this book as she gets older. It's kind of nice, because the left pages are colored to match the color that is mentioned from the picture on the right. So, looking at the pictures, even when there is a lot going on, it is clear what color is being talked about because that color is so well-emphasized on the left.
This is a wonderful, beautifully artistic step up from other color books. I like this book because it teaches something simple (colors) in an interesting way. I think it engages the left side of the brain (essentially helping children memorize names of colors and match them with hues) and the right side of the brain (perceiving patterns and shapes in the fanciful artwork).
I highly recommend this to anyone who reads to small children; it really is excellent.