A Spectacular Book on Color and Animals
By Connie Goldin, LMFT
Colorful Creatures by Anita Ganeri, is one of the most beautiful books on animal life that I have ever seen. It is nonfiction, since it is photos of creatures–birds, sea life, mammals, reptiles, and insects–that is organized by color. Each centerfold displays creatures of a specific color–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple, brown, and black, white and gray, and multi-colored. It is a magnificent way to acquire knowledge of zoology and build vocabulary at the same time. The first page, “Hello Color” talks about the ways animals’ color protects, hides, and even confuses would be predators. According to the author, “In nature, colors and patterns help animals stay alive.” The book ends with a section called “Color Works.” Ganeri writes, “The three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, can be mixed together to create all the colors of the rainbow.” What a great jumping off point for some art exploration!
Recently, I showed this book to a group of children ages six to eight. They responded the way I did when I first saw it, with exclamations of joy and delight. It was wonderful to share this book and the experience of its beauty with the kids. This book is a great gift for children and families.