Picture Book Review: The Wonder of Color

Happy March, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and continuing to stay healthy and safe. This past month has been so full of ups and downs, both close to home and far away. I spent much of the first part of this year looking after my little guy (and myself) as we traded illnesses. Plus doing my best to stay healthy and strong for my new little girl, and my mother as she begins her cancer treatments. Times like this it’s important to hold tight to the ones we love, and the perfect time to grab your kiddo and read a fantastically illustrated picture book like Catherine Stier’s The Wonder of Color

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THE WONDER OF COLOR

by CATHERINE STIER

Cover The Wonder of Color

Categories : Picture Book / Science / STEM (ages 4-8)
Publisher : Albert Whitman & Co.
Date of Publication: March 1, 2022
Number of Pages: 32 pages

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Synopsis

When Ms. Vega announces a mural painting contest at school, James can’t wait to draw a picture to fill the library wall. But as he explores color, he has a lot of questions about where color comes from and how our eyes see it. Ashe experiments and reads, James learns about prisms, the color wheel, and light waves—all while working on his colorful contest entry.

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Cover Secrets of the Snow Globe

After starting to collect snow globes with the help of her grandmother, Lily has questions. She wants to know who invented them, what the snow is made of, and how the tiny scenes look so magical when she peers inside. As she researches and experiments, Lily learns about light waves, magnification, and density—all while gathering ingredients to make her own snow globe.

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Review

4 of 5 Stars

I never fell out of love with picture books, and have continued collecting them well into adulthood. But there is a special joy I find through introducing my six-year-old son to new stories. Especially when we can discover them together. There is something extra special about seeing the world through a child’s eyes. At six, my son is old enough to start asking the big and profound questions. Which makes books like Catherine Stier’s The Wonder of Color a must for our growing library. 

James considers himself a color scientist after a school art contest leads him to consider the people and colors that fill the world around him. He wants to know what makes colors work, and with the help of his dad and sister, sets about to discover just that. In a wonderful blend of science and art, Catherine Stier teaches children a deeper way to view the beauty we see every day. Through James, we learn about the color wheel and explore more through fun experiments you can try with your tykes at home. 

I read The Wonder of Color aloud to my six-year-old son, who is right at the age where he wants to know all the whys and the hows. So we both really enjoyed reading Catherine Stier’s book together. Of course, because my son is six, his favorite part was seeing James’s final art piece at the end of the story. Which just goes to show, you always want the illustrations to carry your story in a picture book. Floss Pottage’s gorgeous illustration work gave The Wonder of Color the vibrancy and beauty you’d hoped a book about colors would be.

My only issue, and the reason this wasn’t a five-star, is some of the wording within the text. Some of the scientific explanations don’t flow well within the text, and slowed the pacing of the story. This becomes most obvious while reading books like these aloud, though I could see how challenging it would be to weave both narrative and technical lingo. What matters most for me, however, is that my son learned more about the science behind the art of color, and especially loved the illustrations by Floss Pottage.

The Wonder of Color is an informative read, full of opportunity for discussion with the little one in your life. After finishing our read through my son said, “So the book is really nice and got some really nice pages, and a cool dragon and a pirate ship at the end! And lots of the little pictures had neat things. My favorite part was when they showed the big book painting, and I like how they made all those words for the story. That was great!” If that’s not enough of an endorsement for you to grab a copy for your kids, well, what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore!

**I was provided with a copy of The Wonder of Color by the publisher and this is my voluntary and honest review.**


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MEET CATHERINE STIER

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Catherine Stier is the author of more than twenty children’s books including the SCIENCE MAKES IT WORK picture book series and the Kirkus star-reviewed A DOG’S DAY chapter book series. She holds a master’s degree in reading and literacy and has served as a magazine writer, newspaper columnist, and writing instructor. Stier resides in San Antonio, Texas.

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