Writing a color book was a must when my 2 year old grandson informed me that colors talk. I happened to be painting an illustration for another book when he walked up and told me so. Many a grandparent might pass this revelation off as a figment of a kid's imagination, but not I. An artist is not an artist if they cannot recognize the vocabulary of colors.
Our grandson had already grasped and elucidated the concept of the language of colors with the few words he could speak. His recognition of color effects and color personality at such a tender age was inspiring. It was great vehicle for teaching the rainbow of color names. It wasn't long that on our frequent walks, he smelled and named the flowers that we saw by their colors.
The color red is hot and exciting. When associated with fruits, red speaks of ripeness. Ripeness speaks of sweetness and readiness to eat. Green in the world of fruits most often means hard and sour. That is the language of color.
The color black speaks of the absence of color, so technically is not a color at all. It makes things invisible unless there is some light present to see. Our night vision uses whatever light is available to see in gradients of grey because of the absence of light to reflect the wavelengths of the whole color spectrum.
Our grandson had to learn that he could actually still "see" even if light weren't present. He prefers to sleep with a light on because he can then "see".
Colors Talk is for preschoolers and young readers. It is a color book in vibrant color art and color lyrics. We incorporate the actual colors, alliteration, and rhyme to help kids associate and remember each color of the rainbow. This is a beginning book for parents and grandparents to read to their children or grandchildren. Kids begin to learn by mimicry, and the employment of poetry make it much easier to mimic than prose.
Color names are also easier to remember when associated with the rhymes presented in Colors Talk.
When it comes to color charm, we found that our grandson has a lot of affinity for flowers. He loves to pick them as gifts for grandma. He loves to point them out and say their color names. Flowers are imbued with every color of the spectrum and are wonderful in adding new color names once the basic colors of the rainbow are grasped.