Lemons Are Not Red

Lemons Are Not Red

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Lemons are not Red. Apples are red. Lemons are yellow. . . .

Clever cutouts in the pages make a simple, original, and utterly beguiling introduction to color.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, whose The Hidden Alphabet dazzled critics and readers alike, introduces young children to color in this unique concept book with die cuts. The opening spread features a big, bright red lemon and the simple text, "Lemons are not RED." When the spread is turned an equally bright yellow lemon appears ("Lemons are YELLOW") across from a luscious red apple ("Apples are RED").

And so it goes, from carrots that are not purple through reindeer that are not white, et al. The book ends with "The moon is not BLACK / The moon is SILVER / The night is BLACK / Good night! And the reader sees a tranquil night landscape and a house with the lights turned out.

This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596431959
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 08/22/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 283,299
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger has been called "the queen of the concept book by The Horn Book and is the winner of many awards including two Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her books include The First Egg, One Boy, Green, and the Dog and Bear series.

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Lemons Are Not Red (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mickmyster13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book off the shelf by chance and I'm so glad I did. I have already read First the Egg then the Chicken and I loved it. Lemons Are Not Red is awesome. I love the cut out shapes, I love that children can learn their colors and different foods. They can learn the shapes of foods and what color the foods are. I love how the book goes from talking about food to talking about the night sky, it would be a cute bed time book. I can't wait to be a mom and start buying all these books for my own house and having an excuse to read them everyday. I am going to look up Laura Vaccaro Seeger to see if she has written other books like this.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent choice from Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Although it is a basic color book, the pages with cut outs in the shapes of the items give a young reader a chance to reason out the actual colors by him or herself.
elkeursin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just thought this one was brilliant! I loved how this book was made. Baby really liked the bright colors too.
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book presents unlikely combinations (red lemons, blue grass, white reindeer) followed by their correct colors. Bright painted pages with textured brushstrokes combine with cutout shapes to create the images. Turning the pages reveals the correct colors as the back of the page shows through the cutout. While these illustrations might be more interesting and impressive in the physical book, the Lookybook digital version does a nice job of replicating the experience. The target audience for this book is rather young (preschool age), but this could be an appropriate resource for those looking to introduce computers and digital books in early childhood. I would promote this in a public library.
djmeyers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book to our 3 year old preschool class today and they loved it! For younger children this helps with predictability and critical thinking skills. I am a sucker for the cute cute-out books, and this one did not disappoint. My students really got engaged in trying to figure out what would be the next item based on the color being discussed. Very basic, but a fun book overall!
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lemons are Not Red is a picture book with the theme of color. The illustrations are bold with cutouts that help young children identify what color the object is and what color the object is not. The text in this book is few, but the patterned phrases (lemons are not red... lemons are yellow, carrots are not purple... carrots are orange) lends itself to reader participation through predicting. This concept book is perfect for a read aloud! Age Appropriateness: 3 to 6 years-oldSeeger, L. (2004). Lemons are not red. Brookfield, Connecticut: Roaring Book Press.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lemon's aren't read... and when you change the page, the lemon is suddenly yellow, and the red is an apple.Liam loved this, and I could see how it would be a great read-aloud. The design is very clever. I dreaded reading it to him, though, because he always grabbed at the cut outs, the flamingo was more of a rectangle by the time we were finished with it.
Marylee1973 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AN AWESOMELY designed book. small cut outs that introduce our kid to the changes of color!
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This innovative introduction to color will have children participating during a read aloud. "Lemons are not red, Lemons are YELLOW!" This concept book uses cutouts of various shapes to introduce and acquaint readers with the vocabulary and visual literacy of color. Simple pictures accompany the sparse text, and both elements take a backseat to the cutouts. Strong blocks of color populate the book. Great for art teachers and elementary school libraries.
MomMT More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old loves this and my 8 year old love this book. Even my 2 year old likes to call out the colors. I take all books out of the library, but when I find I am taking the same book out over and over, I purchase it--this is one is a keeper
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author's books are just wonderful. I first discovered her with The Hidden Alphabet and have since purchased each and every one of her books. I find it difficult to pick a favorite. I keep a set at home and one in the classroom where I teach 25 eager-to-learn-and-read first graders. This book is simply beautiful. The art is gorgeous and the text is simple and to the point. And I love the way Seeger looks at what's NOT red, blue, orange, etc. A fresh new spin on a very necessary concept.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book at least as much as my children, ages 2 and 4!! It is clever and imaginative, fun and educational. And it's absolutely beautiful. When I read it with my children, we almost always end up rolling on the floor with laughter as we argue about what's not red, yellow, blue, etc. I am familiar with this author's work and have just ordered her newest books as I await their arrival with excited enthusiasm!
Guest More than 1 year ago
simple, vibrant, nice - very well designed and very clever. My 2-year-old nephew really loves it! (Then again, he also likes to argue that lemons are red, but hey - he's having fun.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains gorgeous artwork while also teaching kids their colors. The simple text makes is a perfect read aloud for a toddler who is learning his/her colors! I LOVE this book, and so does my son!!! If you want to help your child learn their colors, but also want to expose them to GREAT books, pick this one up along with the two I listed below!