Pantone COLORS

I found this book a couple years ago at MOMA in New York.  It’s still a favorite of mine for homes and classrooms.


Ever since I took a graduate class where the professor insisted we teachers of young children only provide primary colors to our students, I’ve been fascinated with the challenge of helping children identify that PURPLE doesn’t just mean, well… purple.  By providing children with only primary paint colors, our young Monet’s arrive at the many colors (of purple) on their own – and it’s amazing to observe!   In my Kindergarten classes, I would take my little ones outside and have them collect something “green”.  We would then go back to our classroom and try to replicate each one of our God-created greens (me included)!  I still love that activity – it’s a favorite.

This book celebrates the many answers to “What is blue?”   “orange”  “yellow”.

Oh, and the next time you find yourself outside, take a minute and observe the Creator’s definition of “green”.

Pantone: COLORS,
 published by Abrams/Appleseed Books – March 2012, introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each.  It features an illustration of a familiar image for pre-schoolers, such as a train, for example, on one page and an array of Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors in the same range (in the case of the train, blues) on the other. The names they use to describe each color shade is familiar to children: Pretzel Brown, Grasshopper Green, Taxi Cab Yellow, and Pumpkin Orange “By experiencing each of the colors as an image, then as shades, children are introduced to the concept that one color name can mean many different things in a dynamic way that will thrill parents, educators, and designers.

According to Abrams/Appleseed Publishing Director, Cecily Kaiser, “Pantone: COLORS is fast becoming an in-house favorite. It’s so visceral, bright and bold, and you just want to hold it and own it.”

I totally agree!!  I’m crazy about this book.  A must for every home library for young readers.

Note: Ask your children what names they would have given the colors in the book.  The next time you take a nature walk, name the colors you see while on your walk.                                                                                                                                                                                         Deni Corbett

Note:  The Amazon link below is for a  board book.

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