Anne's Colors

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 May 2018

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This adorable children's book will captivate young kids while also teaching them their colours. 
This book would make a terrific Christmas gift for all young children in your life.
The illustrations are terrific.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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These sturdy board books were created as a celebration for "Anne of Green Gable" fans.  They depict iconic scenarios from the mind and heart of L. M. Montgomery the talented author of the "Anne of Green Gable" book series.   

 In "Anne's Colors" there are familiar scenes, to those who have read the original classics, highlighting the first time Anne and her best friend Diana meet, catching Gilbert (Anne's classmate) yanking on her pigtail at school, her over-the-moon reaction to a new puff-sleeve dress that she always dreamed of having and we witness when Anne and Diana toast several glasses of raspberry cordial unaware of that there would be consequences to their indulgence.  


In "Anne's Numbers" the author invites you to stroll along with Anne as she enjoys a lovely nature walk counting trees, flowers, clouds and even friends.  The path that Anne walks along is based on the route she takes to school each day.  

The most beautiful and special part of both books?  The illustrations are beautiful crafted.  They are created from fabric and are hand-embroidered by the author... a true labor of love for her readers to enjoy.  The text is simple and the illustrations interactive tactile.  These books are a perfect precursor to introducing the classic "Anne of Green Gables" series later on.  I highly recommend them.
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A colors book to share the love of Anne of Green Gables with even the youngest reader.  All the illustrations are sewn, and it makes for a lovely book.  I do see some things I don’t care for.  Blue is the sky but the author uses and aqua, and uses gables for Green, but many don’t know what a gable is.  In the illustration it’s the roof.
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This adorable eBook was provided to me to read and provide my honest review.

The illustrations depicting a color of choice were interesting and pleasant to see on my screen. I do not know if actual fabric was used or if the illustrations were drawn to reflect fabric used. If fabric was used, then this touch-learn board book would be great for a very young reader, however, the use of language would be considered too old for this group of picture book readers.  If the illustrations were drawn to give the illusion of fabric being used, then the illustrator did a job well done, however, I wonder once again about the age of the group supposed to read this book,  because of the language used, ie. "Twilight."  Perhaps, 'dark' or 'night' would be more appropriate?

The concept is a good one, and the illustrations are very nice.  As a parent, I would question these things when considering the book for purchasing.  Another area to see such wonderful illustrations would be in the "notebook" market, because writers would gravitate toward the sweet illustrations, if they were not created with fabric. 

As you can see, an electronic copy of this book leaves little to the probable appeal a print copy would provide, even if the language used was more selectively age appropriate. If this book is to sell as a kindle or in other eBook formats, I would suggest more attention governed toward which age group this is directed at and all the necessary detail to high definition illustrations and language appropriateness used.
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Anne's Colors is the second Anne-themed book I've come across recently, the first being Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel (which I also enjoyed very much). 

This adorable book uses very simple text, as well as illustrations made of fabric and embroidery, to perfectly encapsulate the charm of Anne of Green Gables in a way that's friendly for babies and toddlers. Each scene will be familiar to fans of the book, and highlights one item and its color (green for green gables, of course!). To be honest, I couldn't tell you off hand whether anything was made up for this book, because I have no idea whether, for example, Anne's puffed-sleeve dress was really brown or not! Not that it makes any difference to me.

Anne's braids are referred to here as "orange" which, while it may not match the book exactly ("red hair"), more accurately portrays that misnomer so as not to confuse children.

Some "items" are less concrete, such as "pink cheeks" which shows Anne angry at Gilbert grabbing her braid. But I don't think any of these selections were too contrived, and each manages to recreate a memorable scene or concept from the story, whether it's Anne and Matthew in the carriage, or the fateful party with Diana and the cordial.

(Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.)
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If, like me, you love Anne of Green Gables, this is hands down the best board book about colors.
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I love Anne of Green Gables and I love how the author took the story and very quickly summarized it using colours. Each page used the story such as orange - Orange Braids to illustrate the colour. It also had many other orange things on the page. The illustrations, done in thread, material and wool gave this book an added interest for young children who love anything tactile. A wonderful idea for a board book for toddlers to teach colours as well as introduce them to a classic story.
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This sweet book is exactly what I expect from a title associated with Anne of Green Gables.  The book is sweet and will work well for introducing colors to older babies and toddlers.  I really enjoyed the use of fabric and needle art to design the illustrations.  The images tell a story all by themselves.
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As a lover of all styles and accompanying stories of Anne of Green Gables, this story was a surefire win for me. I never thought to tell the story with colors, but this book did it inexplicably! From orange braids to the green gables, I was hooked. I can't wait to share this with babies and toddlers in my life. The earlier a child is exposed to this story, the better! The text was simple and fun, but told the full story of the adult reading as well. The illustrations perfectly matched the story and text. This was a definite five star for me.
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Another beautiful book by Kelly Hill. I like how for each color page, there are pictures of multiple items that share that color. For instance, for orange, there are the "orange braids" that the author wrote, but there are also pictures of carrots, orange butterflies, and orange flowers- all embroidered or sewn with fabric! I also like how there are words next to each color, so students could learn the color word along with other words such as "blue sky." It's a darling book!
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This book takes the colors from all the best parts in Anne of Green Gables, and gives them the cutest illustrations ever (in cloth and thread). Super simple, which is a must for board books, and perfectly faithful to the book, which will please parents who are fans of Anne. I'll admit that while I'm about ten times the target age, I still enjoyed it.
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I love the embroidered style of illustrations, I think it's very effective for this type of book since it give the feel of texture which young readers really enjoy.  I like that this takes you, if very simply, through the general story of Anne of Green Gables and the colours chosen, and how they are represented, are lovely.  A great introduction to Anne and colours!
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What a brilliant idea for a book this is!  I have a young daughter and she was completely engrossed in the book, the pictures are nice, bright and I love the whole concept.  5 stars from me!
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Beautiful book for young children. A playful way to introduce kids to classic literature before they start reading.
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