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Hello, Red Fox
by Eric Carle


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Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests arrive for Little Frog's birthday party: Red Fox looks green to her! Orange Cat looks blue! What has gone wrong?

With the active help of the reader, Little Frog shows Mama Frog how to see the animals in their more familiar colors.  Read more...


 
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More About Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle
 
 
 
Overview

Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests arrive for Little Frog's birthday party: Red Fox looks green to her! Orange Cat looks blue! What has gone wrong?

With the active help of the reader, Little Frog shows Mama Frog how to see the animals in their more familiar colors. Is it magic? No, it's a remarkable function of the human eye. As Little Frog demonstrates, anyone can do it. Small readers will enjoy taking part in the fun of changing the colors of the animals. And they will laugh at the effect they themselves can create at the end of the story when Mama Frog gives Little Frog an embarrassing birthday kiss!

Eric Carle believes that learning should be a joyful experience. In this imaginative book he invites young readers to discover complementary colors while enjoying the amusing story of Little Frog and his colorful friends.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780689817755
  • ISBN-10: 0689817754
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 1998
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.62 x 0.36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.11 pounds

Series: World of Eric Carle

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Colors
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Non-Religious
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General

 
BookPage Reviews

Eric Carle is the king of color in children's picture books. Starting with his illustrations for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in 1967 and continuing in his many inventive picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle knows the secrets of entertaining and teaching young children with strong, bold pictures.

His latest book, Hello, Red Fox, intrigues us from our first look at the bright green fox on the cover. Has Carle made a mistake? Did someone mix up his paints? Has he succumbed to color blindness? Not on your life! Carle combines a simple storyline and large uncluttered pictures to demonstrate a remarkable function of the human eye - the ability to see the image of an object in one color after looking at it in the complementary or opposite color. For example, if you view a green fox for about ten seconds, then quickly look at the opposite blank page, an image of a red fox appears.

Three- to five-year-olds will like the story of Little Frog inviting his friends to his birthday party. As they arrive, he welcomes them by a name (purple butterfly, orange cat, green snake, blue fish, etc.) that looks wrong, at least at first glance, and Mama Frog is quick to correct her child. Little Frog's reply, "Oh, Mama, you have not looked long enough," encourages little ones to do just that. Then when they look at the blank opposite page, voila! Finally, Mama Frog catches on and joins the game with some opposites of her own.

Carle was born in the U.S. in 1929, but his family returned to Germany in 1935, where he spent the years of World War II in a world of dull grays and browns. He returned to the U.S. in 1951, and worked as a graphic designer and commercial artist. The idea for Hello, Red Fox came from the discovery of another German, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (that's right, the same poet, novelist, and philosopher Goethe), who experienced this visual phenomenon with color in the late 1700s. After 20 years of research on color, Goethe determined that there are three primary colors and that each color has an opposite or complementary color. Thus, the color wheel originated.

Although Carle tells the story of Goethe's discovery briefly on the copyright page, the book is really for children. Never mind that many adults will be entranced and may do a little more research themselves to discover "simultaneous contrast after-image." Yes, indeedy, that Eric Carle is a sly old fox.

Reviewed by Etta Wilson.

 
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