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Demonstrates how artwork is reproduced from pictures to a printed page by taking readers through each step of the process, and includes a four-page acetate printer's proof and a sample of a finished work.
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After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.
She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.
Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."
The prolific Heller's latest effort should tickle the fancy-and the palettes-of paint manufacturers everywhere. (And, oh yes, youngsters will be delighted, too.) This paean to pigment seems even more vibrant than Heller's earlier tomes. She leaves no color-producing instrument unexplored ("From pencils and markers and crayons and chalks.../ from paints in a tube.../ or a jar or a.../ box"), and appears to have outdone both Crayola and Joseph's celebrated coat in her range of sumptuous hues. Her examples of color combinations and printing are handsomely illustrated by four acetate overlays, as she ingeniously examines the color-printing technology in this book's manufacture ("The printers are/ some kinds of wizards,/ I think./ In miniscule [sic]/ dots they apply/ all the ink"). From its pictures of kids with painted faces, to its quartet of punchily plumed parrots, to an arresting optical illusion, this vigorous (if pricey) volume is splendidly splashy. Ages 7-up.
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Book Description Grosset & Dunlap, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110399228152
Book Description Grosset & Dunlap, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0399228152