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These Colours Are Bananas

Published in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art


What colour is an apple? A dog? Grass? Young readers will be amazed by the range of possibilities


Tamara Shopsin & Jason Fulford


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What colour is an apple? A dog? Grass? Young readers will be amazed by the range of possibilities

What colour is a banana? It can be at least 25 different shades, according to this artful swatchbook of versatile subjects. An inversion of the way we typically look at colour, this book challenges readers' predispositions towards using a particular crayon for a particular object. 11 items are each presented alongside a grid of color ranges: the "apple" page features yellows, greens, and reds; the "egg" page a range of greens to grays; even "grass" is surprising, with suggestions of pink. The read-along text is playful and philosophical, poetic and factual… all towards expanding readers' assumptions. Inspired by the Whitney Museum's approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.

Created for ages 2-4 years



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 191 x 191 mm (7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in)
Pages: 24 pp
Illustrations: 24 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876337

Tamara Shopsin is a graphic designer, author, and illustrator. She is also a cook at her family restaurant, Shopsin's, in New York.

Jason Fulford is a photographer, designer, and cofounder of the nonprofit J&L Books. He lives in New York with his wife Tamara Shopsin.

"Remember when I said that Fulford & Shopsin are the clever ones to watch? This book just reinforces that. It basically shows all the different colors of various objects. Banana on the one hand. Human skin tones on the other. It's smart as a whip and lovely to look at. Not preachy in the least."—Fuse Eight Blog/SLJ.com

"The marvel of color and its varieties comes to young children in two snug little books by James Fulford and Tamara Shopsin. The first, These Colors Are Bananas, widens the idea of the natural color of natural things... The second... Find Colors, is a scavenger hunt shaped like a board book... The book encourages children to become color hunters, prowling and pouncing and, we can hope, developing an appreciation for the hues they discover."—Wall Street Journal

"[B]rilliant... Their novel approach creates an experience that's fresh, interactive and engaging."—Avery and Augustine

"Remember when I said that Fulford & Shopsin are the clever ones to watch? This book just reinforces that. It basically shows all the different colors of various objects. Banana on the one hand. Human skin tones on the other. It's smart as a whip and lovely to look at. Not preachy in the least."—Fuse Eight Blog/SLJ.com

"The marvel of color and its varieties comes to young children in two snug little books by James Fulford and Tamara Shopsin. The first, These Colors Are Bananas, widens the idea of the natural color of natural things... The second... Find Colors, is a scavenger hunt shaped like a board book... The book encourages children to become color hunters, prowling and pouncing and, we can hope, developing an appreciation for the hues they discover."—Wall Street Journal

 
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