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*Blue and Other Colors: with Henri Matisse (First Concepts With Fine Artists)* by Henri Matisse
Blue and Other Colors: with Henri Matisse (First Concepts With Fine Artists)
by Henri Matisse
Ages 1-5 30 pages Phaidon April 2016 Board book    

This new board book exposes children to color and famous works of art. Twenty-six of Henri Matisse’s cutouts are in this board book, one per page. Underneath the artwork are short sentences about the colors in each piece. “Ohh, blue and green!” or “It looks like purple.” All the text is in black, except for the names of the colors. Those words appear in the colors that match the color name, and that color in the painting. This makes learning colors easy.

The artwork is abstract, full of curved shapes that resemble vines of seaweed. Most of the canvases are square or rectangular, all appearing against glossy white pages. The colors mentioned in the book are blue, green, purple, pink, yellow, orange, red, and dark purple. After identifying one color, like blue, the following pages add more colors such as green, and purple. This allows the child to practice what was learned earlier.

Details about Matisse’s work and life can be found on the end papers. The first page lists the title, date, and size of all the artwork in the book, and the last page has a short biography about Matisse’s “drawing with scissors” collages. Read this book along with the two others in the First Concepts with Fine Artists series, Squares and Other Shapes with Josef Albers (2016), and Birds and Other Animals with Pablo Picasso (2017) to get children excited about creativity and learning.
 
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