The rainbow world of the Pantone Colours book for children
I was thrilled to find a copy of the Pantone Colours book for children recently; I’d seen this online a while ago but not been able to get my hands on it. It’s a board book with dedicated pages for each colour, and a grid with a selection of different light and dark shades. Each of the shades are actual numbered Pantone colours, but have been given a child-friendly name e.g. Pantone 164 is ‘ginger orange’, Pantone 2727 is ‘police officer blue’ and Pantone 416 is ‘wet pavement grey’
The book is brilliantly simple – think paint charts – and such a creative way of teaching colours and categories to children, as well as the differences in shades. Just imagine the added dimension to playground conversations about ‘what’s your favourite colour?’
I think I’m probably more enthusiastic about it than its owner at the moment, but she’s hypnotised by it whenever we look at it. I love children’s books; along with baby clothes, they’re something I feel completely justified in buying. The book came from our fantastic local independent bookseller, Bookseller Crow on the Hill (at 50 Westow Street, Crystal Palace), which has a magical selection of books for all ages. We’ve also recently bought the Pantone Box of Colour, which has mini colour board books, as well as the Jane Eyre Baby Lit counting primer. I loved books as a child, and really want Eliza to feel the same as she grows up.
On a colourful sidenote, I did think it was an amusing coincidence when Pantone named the colour of 2012 as tangerine tango. Although as it turned out, I didn’t have a ginger baby in the end.