Color Zoo

Color Zoo

by Lois Ehlert


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This acclaimed Caldecott Honor Book is a visually exciting introduction to colors, shapes, and animals for preschoolers.

"Boldly designed pages easily carry to the rear of the room during story hours, and brilliant juxtapositions of vibrant primary colors will make children's eyes tingle." (School Library Journal)

"A masterpiece of graphic design." (American Library Association Caldecott Committee)

"Color Zoo is about concepts—shapes, colors, and animals—but also about looking at the world in a new and creative way." (Children's Books and Their Creators)

"Employs ingeniously designed, perfectly die-cut and bound pages which line up exactly to unfold nine distinctly recognizable abstractly formed animal heads. Immensely enjoyable." (CCBC Choices)

Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780397322596
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/1989
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 266,354
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

Lois Ehlert is the Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator of Color Zoo, as well as Color Farm, and Circus. She is also the illustrator of many other books including Crocodile Smile by Sarah Weeks, and A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy. She lives in Milwaukee, WI.

Lois Ehlert is the Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator of Color Zoo, as well as Color Farm, and Circus. She is also the illustrator of many other books including Crocodile Smile by Sarah Weeks, and A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy. She lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Color Zoo 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
juliac83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is full of pages with many shapes and colors that make up different animals. Each set of die-cut shapes and colors make new animals. When you subtract certain shapes you get a whole new animal. It also has shape and color review pages in the back.Personal Reaction: This book would make a great circle time read. It shows an artistic way to learn shapes and colors. The different colors and shapes lead to an always changing story. You can even add animal sounds to keep the kids interested. Classroom Extension Ideas: This book would be a great way to teach shapes and colors. You could even give the students pages to color and cut out to make different animal shapes. This would also be a good book for animals and animal sounds.
Elizabeth1977 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A colorful book using die-cut pages and simple text teaches about animals and shapes. A follow-up activity could be providing students with their shape pieces and having them create their own animal.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic illustrations through the use of collage. This book will capture the young at heart as they explore the world of colors and shapes as soon through zoo animals.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book teaches children to count by using different types of flowers. Each flower has petals and you count the petals on them. The pictures are all photographs taken by the authors. This is a very easy book that small kids could benfit from. It could be used year round in Pre-K when teaching them to count.
katieginn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute picture book will shapes and colors. Turn the pages and make you're own animals. Fun and engaging for young children.
nieva21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is good because it will work on color recognization skills and naming skills of animals that a child already knows, possibly also reinforce the body parts of the animal, while attributing new shapes to those skills and body part areas.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows how all the different shapes can be put together to make different animals. Also, each shape is full of color and also they are bright. The book also provides you a summary with what each shape and color are, it would be good for younger students and a fun way to get them thinking about shapes and different colors.
barussell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the differnt pictures. This book names and shows a lot of the basic shapes and how they can be used to make different animals. This book also shows different colors and at the end of the book it tells the different colors and shapes and shows each shape that makes all of the different animals.
AngelaPrice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Color Zoo by Lois EhlertThis Informational Book¿s pages are a series of cutout geometric shapes that stack on top of each other to form different animals¿ faces. The brightly colored pages feature an animal and its name on the right side of the page. When the page is turned, the left side shows only one geometric shape and its name. After three animals are presented, a summary page shows each of the shapes used in the designs. In total, nine animal faces are depicted in this book. This is a cute board book that is very popular with the pre-kindergartners I read to each Friday. Some of the pictures are a bit more difficult to figure out, but the bright colors and creativity involved in designing the animals¿ faces make this book a fun one to peruse. It is interesting to see how the shapes are combined to change an animal from a lion to a mouse to a fox. In the classroom I would use this book in a group setting to talk about colors and shapes. Each picture can be shown, and the students can be asked to name the color and shapes used to make the animals. Another activity would be to share this book with students and then allow them to cut out shapes and create their own animals.
helenpeynado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun! I love how the animals are broken down by the shapes used to create them. My three year old learned what a hexagon, decagon, and octagon are :)!
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this as much as Ehlert's Leaf Man. However, it is a colorful, and graphic exploration of zoo animals. I do not think I would have been able to identify all of the animals without the corresponding text, but I can definitely see how this book would appeal to children. It is hands-on, the shape cut-outs are unique and it is simple. the pages summarizing the different shapes and colors are wonderful. It could be fun to use this in connection with pattern blocks, and have students create their own animals from shapes. It is a great introduction to shapes and colors.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shows how different shapes can look like different animals, with shapes cutouts and colored add ins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Shapes and colors in your zoo' is th eopening lin ein this book. Automatically the children will know what they're going to learn about. In the beginning, this book starts with a poetic introduction. Throughout the book it uses cut out shapes to show what makes different animals. This book would be great for hands on learners. 'Iknow animals and you do too, make some new ones for your zoo'. Ehlert, Lois. Color Zoo. Harper Collins Publishers, 1989.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott: The book, Color Zoo, is a good book for younger children that are learning shapes and colors. I did not find the book entertaining for myself, but a younger child I would like it. I thought it was neat how each shape made an animal. It was very short and did not teach very much or say very much. It was only about animals, colors, and shapes. Lois Ehlert grew up in a home where everyone seemed to be making something. As far back as she can remember, she was always putting things together, cutting, stitching, pasting, or pounding. The feel of the object she made was as important as the look. Her mother, a good seamstress, shared her fabric scraps with Lois and taught her to use her sewing machine when she was about eight years old. Lois¿ dad had a basement workshop, which supplied her with scrap lumber and nails. So she always had a ready supply of art materials, but not necessarily traditional ones like paper and paint. In fact, colored construction paper was pale in tone compared to my cloth scraps. (To this day she prefers to paint her own papers to create just the right color or texture.) She also did a lot of painting and drawing as she was growing up. But she didn't like drawing as much as cutting and pasting. Unless she used a lot of erasers (and she did) and kept changing the drawing, it never was exactly the way she wanted it. For instance, if she drew a face, she would never know whether the mouth would look better one inch closer to the nose unless she did the drawing over and over again. But if she cut out a mouth of paper, she could try it in different positions until she found the best one, then glue it down. Lois works in a studio in her home. She¿s always thought it's important to have a special area just for making art. Anyone of any age can make such a space, even if it's just a little corner in a room. When you go to this area it means you are ready to create something. She has a huge drawing board, near large windows, with cabinets and work surfaces on both sides. She keeps her marking pens and pencils, paints, and colored papers in the drawers of these cabinets. On top of the cabinets at the left she has jars full of brushes, pens, pencils, scissors, a tape dispenser, a rubber cement jug, a telephone (she can keep working while she talks on the phone), and a desk calendar. The desk calendar helps her keep track of speaking dates at schools and museums, and by the end of each week it is usually full of ink spots and paint splashes. If you are an artist or a writer like her, it sometimes is difficult to know just where ideas come from. That's a question people ask Lois all the time. Now that she is grown up she realizes that she writes and draws things she knows and cares about. For instance, she thinks that having a garden most of her life provided her with ideas for Growing Vegetable Soup, and the Nuts to You! story was inspired by a real event - a squirrel really did sneak into her house through the window. But she still don't know exactly where all her ideas come from. As you may have noticed, in most cases her writing complements her art. She works on writing for a while and then goes back to the art - back and forth, until she gets just the right balance. It seems to take her a long time to make a book, and it is difficult but enjoyable work. It looks so simple if you get it right! Lois thinks being creative is a part of a person's makeup. It's something she feels very lucky about. She has worked hard to make this gift as fine as she can make it, but she still thinks she was born with certain ideas and feelings just waiting to burst out! Color Zoo, is a book about animals, shapes, and colors. The author uses shapes to turn them into animals. Throughout the book the author shows you different animals and the shapes that go along with them. At the end of each section the shapes you learned are reviewed. At the end of the book all the shapes and colors are reviewed with pictures that go alo