The Color Kittens

The Color Kittens


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A classic Little Golden Book by the author of Goodnight Moon

Once there were two color kittens with green eyes, Brush and Hush . . . So goes the rollicking tale of two pouncy kittens who make all the colors in the world. First published seventy years ago, this classic Little Golden Book by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by the legendary Alice and Martin Provensen continues to charm generation after generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307021410
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Series: Little Golden Book Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 51,835
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952), best known as the author of Goodnight Moon, wrote countless children’s books inspired by her belief that the very young are fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Among her many bestselling books are The Little Island, The Golden Egg Book, The Color Kittens, and The Sailor Dog.

Alice Provensen and her husband, Martin, have illustrated more than 50 fabulous books for children, including A Visit to William Blake’s Inn, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, and numerous Little Golden Books including The Color Kittens and Katie the Kitten. They won the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Fight in 1984. She lives in San Clemente, California.

Martin Provensen (1916–1987) and his wife, Alice, have illustrated more than 50 books for children, including An Owl and Three Pussycats, The Year at Maple Hill Farm, and numerous Little Golden Books including The Color Kittens and Katie the Kitten. In 1984, they won the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Fight, which they wrote and illustrated together.

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1910

Date of Death:

November 13, 1952

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Place of Death:

Nice, France


B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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The Color Kittens 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
stharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is most certainly a fantasy seeing as kittens to not mix paint and play with colors. But as usual it provides a wonderful parallel to the curiosity of children. This book seems to have extraordinary theme. The way that Margaret manages to incorporate such a tool for learning and incorporate it so well in her book is simply remarkable. She sticks to her plan and the theme plays out beautifully and is well kept throughout the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic book full of colorful illustrations. It is super cute! Also, Barnes and Noble's customer service is beyond awesome. If you're gonna get this book anywhere, get it here. Someone stole the first shipment of this book off my front porch before I got home, and B&N replaced it, no problem, no hassle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches colors like no other.. mixing white and red to make pink..I love to quilt and sew…that came from the colors in this book.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, my little boy painted.  He mixed his water colors and came up with some unusual color combinations.  And when he finished painting, his rinse-water was brown.  Last night, he pulled this book off of the shelf to read.  I think he connected the two. Margaret Wise Brown wrote with amazing clarity and beauty and with a ear for rhythm.  It is no wonder that her works have endured and are still adored.  Color Kittens is a great example of her typical writing for children.  And it is also a useful book for teaching basic color theory (for paints, not light). Martin Provensen did a fantastic job with keeping up with Brown's writing.  His kittens are utterly charming, and the mixed paint scenes are delightfully wonderful.  Our grey kitten, Molly, knocked over some of my son's paints when he was painting.  Perhaps she wanted to be a Color Kitten.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
I think The Color Kittens is probably my favorite out of all of Margaret Wise Brown's books. Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, the artwork is playful and imaginative, supporting the text and bringing it to life. This book has the sweet story and delicate, musical way of rhyming that is so typical with Brown's books...but it doesn't always rhyme. I don't know about you, but when I'm reading aloud a children's book that has the exact same rhyme-rhythm pattern over and over and over, I start to feel a little bit silly. But in The Color Kittens, there is a bit of narrative, then a bit of rhyme, back and forth throughout. I love this! It gives some space for the rhyming portions to have a slight change in rhythm each time they appear. The Color Kittens is geared for ages 3 to 7. Children will be captivated by the story and illustrations, and learn how secondary colors are created. Parents will find the graceful, natural prose a pleasure to read aloud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The illustrations and story are so simple but so beautiful. My kids are 7, 5 and 2 years old and all of them enjoy it when I read this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book as a book donation to the children's home here in town. It was to be a Christmas gift. I always enjoyed the Golden Books Series. Wonderful pictures, and stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book when I was a child and I am giving it to my four year old niece for Christmas.
nutsy More than 1 year ago
I bought a lot of the Golden books as I remembered them from my own childhood. I used this one with a three-year old. We read the story and then reread it stopping to mix colors just as the Color Kittens did. We have done it several times and he has enjoyed the experience each time.
Durango267 More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites as a little girl. So it was an obvious choice for my 3 year old son. We both enjoy the pictures and the sweet, magical tale. Added bonus - my little guy now knows which colors make other colors when mixed together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-have for every pre-school child...sure to make them smile.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the other reviewers, I still had my battered, carefully taped original, the one I had my own father read over and OVER again! I've gingerly shared it with my kids, but now look forward to the new copy, as well as sharing it with others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a young child, and was always quite fond of it. Like many things from childhood, it was forgotten until recently. I was delighted to discover that this book is, indeed, in print. This book was one of the major formative works in my upbringing. Have *you* read it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I literally started crying when I saw this book in our local bookstore tonight. I love it! I've read my battered, torn, well-loved copy to my kids for years. I'm going to buy a bunch for the holidays and for the new babies we're expecting in our family next year! The illustrations are so beautiful, simple and yet so detailed. Even little ones who can't read learn their colors and love 'reading' the story outloud. I'm so excited this is out again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last! This wonderful book is back in print (and with the original illustrations!) Our poor loose-paged Big Golden Book copy that is at least 35 years old probably has had a thousand readings. Our adult children (ages 35-45) all know its lyrical verses by heart. It was a clever way for them to learn the mixing of colors, but that was merely an added plus, because the charm of the pictures and the warmth of the poetry was what worked its way into the hearts of our family. Welcome back 'Oh wonderful kittens, oh Brush and Hush!' Our 2 year old grandson awaits you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a charming story that people 40+ might remember from their own childhoods. The language is highly visual and poetic, and children will love learning about colors as well as following the adventures of Hush and Brush. This author also wrote 'Goodnight Moon,' and many other wonderful books for young children.