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Sue Elizabeth Lee
Whispers of Color for Children
By Sue Elizabeth Lee Illustrations by Michael C. Stokes Copyright 1996 All rights reserved
Many have asked me where the idea for my DVD programming “I Believe in Me!”came from. Well, here it is, from my book for children written in 1996, Whispers of Color for children. There’s a Whispers of Color for adults as well. The use of color in this way came to me “As whispers in the night” to this day I am forever grateful that I woke up and began writing. . . www.ibelieveinme.tv To contact Sue Lee email: email@example.com
Colors are in alphabetical order: Almond Periwinkle Ambrosia Petal Pink Aqua Plaid Beige Poppy Berry Powder Blue Black Pumpkin Brick Red Pure White True Brown Purple Butterscotch Rust Cappuccino Cream Silver Chartreuse Silver Threaded Mercury Crystal Clear Sparkling Gold Daffodil Yellow Straw Deep Red Tangerine Earth Blue Teal Emerald Green The Blue That Has No Name Faded Blue Jeans Violet Fern Green Willow Forest Green Yellow Indigo Blue Inlet Green Lavender Lime Mauve Midnight Blue Mist Navy Neon Blue Neon Yellow Orange Peach Pearl Gray
ALMOND What is Almond? Almond is the sound of slippers coming down the stairs. The sipping of soup and the eating of crackers. It is falling asleep on the couch with the cat and the dog. Almond is watching people on the sidewalk below your apartment building. It is riding a horse that will go real slow and that kindness can be strong.
What is your Almond?
AMBROSIA What is Ambrosia? Ambrosia is running barefoot and ripples upon the lake. It is knowing how to laugh how to cry and how to be sure of yourself. Ambrosia is hot chocolate on a cold day and ice cream on a hot one. It is the truth that grass grows, flowers bloom, snow falls, and rain makes puddles.
What is your Ambrosia?
yet strong and doing all that you can. What is your Aqua? .” Aqua is playing in the sprinklers on a hot summer’s day. It is being small.AQUA What is Aqua? Aqua is the smooth part left on the sand when the waves have pulled back. It’s giving a hug to others when they hurt and telling them. “You’ll be okay.
the sound of a kitten’s purr. Beige is telling the truth. and the feel of a feather. It is a gentle breeze. being kind. It is the smell of cake. What is your Beige? . the rock of a cradle and the flicker of a candle. lending a hand.BEIGE What is Beige? Beige is quiet It is walking as softly as you can.
looking ahead and knowing where to go.BERRY What is Berry? Berry is using stepping stones to get across the stream. It is unloading groceries for Mom. What is your Berry? . It is being glad about what you can do! It is how everyone should feel. Berry is doing what needs to be done and not getting mad. putting toys away and feeling proud to be a helper.
“Hey that’s easy!” What is your Black? . It is the times you yell “Hooray!” and the turning of circles until you’re dizzy.BLACK What is Black? Black is the night sky where stars hang. Black is knowing that good things happen and wishes can come true. to keep trying and trying until you can say. It is remembering when things seem hard.
playing the piano. It is doing what it takes and loving yourself for who you are and what you can do. Brick Red can be practicing sports. and share with friends. It is being brave when you might be a little scared. What is your Brick Red? . or learning to dance.BRICK RED What is Brick Red? Brick Red is knowing you can cross the road. shovel snow.
True Brown is making a fort. What is your True Brown? . It’s climbing a tree you’ve never climbed before. It is being determined. It is trying hard and getting to where you want to go.TRUE BROWN What is True Brown? True Brown is playing hide and go seek and being the best hider. catching a football. and riding your bike up and over a big hill.
It is Mom stirring something in a bowl and Dad setting the table.BUTTERSCOTCH What is Butterscotch? Butterscotch is the sound of walking in the sand. the topside of ice cream on a summer’s day. Butterscotch is watching TV when there’s a snowstorm outside. It is the doorbell ringing and company is coming! What is your Butterscotch? . the call of a picnic.
and quiet like a hush. Cappuccino Cream is sitting on the bench at the playground and feeling really good. It is the look in a pony’s eyes. What is your Cappuccino Cream? . the smile of a llama. and the thoughts of a butterfly. It is climbing in the car and being able to buckle your own seat belt. soft like silk.CAPPUCCINO CREAM What is Cappuccino Cream? Cappuccino Cream is smooth like milk.
It is the squeaking of the swing. What is your Chartreuse? . and standing on top of a tall place.CHARTREUSE What is Chartreuse? Chartreuse is when you keep trying to get tough things done. Chartreuse is the sound of a sneeze. the gaze of a snake. Being stung by a bee. being brave and feeling big. the jangle of Mom’s jewelry. and Aunt Gertie’s laugh. It is knowing the answer that is just right and asking a hard question.
What is your Chili Pepper Red? .CHILI PEPPER RED What is Chili Pepper Red? Chili Pepper Red is the sound of “Wow” It is the “Oh My” of life. Chili Pepper Red is hot soup on a cold day and covers pulled up when it’s cold at night. It is giving food to the hungry and gifts to those in need. and listening to others instead of a fight. It is standing up for what is right.
and the splash of a puddle jump. and the snap of your fingers. pick up trash. Crystal Clear is knowing to open the door for someone. rain drops falling on your head. It is when you help without being told and helping when you’re asked.CRYSTAL CLEAR What is Crystal Clear? Crystal Clear is the squeak of a shoe. and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. the clap of your hands. It is the giggle in your belly. What is your Crystal Clear? .
Daffodil Yellow is the sound of the phone ringing and it’s grandma and grandpa calling! It is the smile a robin gives. and being able to sit still. and the way a hug from a caterpillar would feel… What is your Daffodil Yellow? . the song a grasshopper sings. It is a field of flowers that you can run through and it’s okay. the last spin of the top.DAFFODIL YELLOW What is Daffodil Yellow? Daffodil Yellow is the gentle glide of the porch swing.
DEEP RED What is Deep Red? Deep Red is a fire during a winter’s storm having a coat to keep you warm and a hat to put on your head. Deep Red is wrapping presents. giving gifts and having gifts to open. It is better than happy! What is your Deep Red? . It is your favorite blanket the song you love to sing and the movie theater right when the lights go out.
EARTH BLUE What is Earth Blue? Earth Blue is helping the animals. enjoying the deer. the fox. and the squirrel. What is your Earth Blue? . yet knows how to cry. Feeding your pets. It is listening to your heart and doing what’s right with all your might. It is the quietness of the pond and the silence on the path. caring for birds. Earth Blue loves to laugh.
work like an umbrella and keep you dry. It is warm sunshine. Emerald Green is when the leaves in the tree. and a hammock to lie in. The wonderful things that seem too good to be true.EMERALD GREEN What is Emerald Green? Emerald Green is magic. It is when someone believes in you and they really do know how special you are! What is your Emerald Green? . a gentle breeze.
FADED BLUE JEANS What is Faded Blue Jeans? Faded Blue Jeans is the smoothness of a worn river rock and the patch of grass gone from the yard where the dog walks. and feeling fantastic! Faded Blue Jeans is going to birthday parties blowing out birthday candles and eating birthday cake! It is when life feels special and you do something about it! What is your Faded Blue Jeans? . It is feeling wonderful. feeling terrific.
Fern Green is the shadows on the playground. What is your Fern Green? . the smile of a deer. trusting your friends.FERN GREEN What is Fern Green Fern Green is a baby’s breath upon the cheek or the curve of a pillow under your head. It is the look in the eyes of an owl. the twirl of the jump rope. and birds in their nest. and the sound of tires over the road. It is believing in yourself. and telling no lies.
It is being in the right spot at the right time. helping when someone is sick and feeding the neighbor’s dog. and we’re all okay. some are the same. What is your Forest Green? . being first in line. Forest Green is caring for others. and hiding in a tree.FOREST GREEN What is Forest Green? Forest Green is winning the race. It’s knowing some people are different.
It is knowing it is okay to take a cookie and you can put your feet up on the furniture when you take your shoes off.INDIGO BLUE What is Indigo Blue? Indigo Blue is never going away and knowing someone will always be there. It is gentle. What is your Indigo Blue? . Indigo Blue is how happy you feel when hurt feelings are made better and go away. strong and good.
and the hat of an elf.INLET GREEN What is Inlet Green? Inlet Green is the path secrets take and the feeling in your heart when you smile. Inlet Green is the moss on the forest floor. the skirt of a fairy. It is when tough things become easy and bad things are made good. It is the shadow of little animals and the gentleness of large ones. What is your Inlet Green? .
It is holding hands with your best friend. It is your Grandma’s smile and what hides in her pocket. the beginning of snow. and the hole in my sock. Lavender is seeing the leaves from under a tree. It is what it feels like when you are riding your bike. What is your Lavender? . or looking at a fish from under the water.LAVENDER What is Lavender? Lavender is the sound of thunder far away.
It is being able to say “I’m sorry” when you hurt someone’s feelings. It is the smell of the campfire. Lime is the lizard’s footprints on the sand. the call of an owl. What is your Lime? . the tasting of salt and not making a face. the snap of a twig.LIME What is Lime? Lime is the look on the pioneer’s face and the sound of an astronaut’s heartbeat.
knowing that 1+1=2 and that the letter s comes after r in the alphabet.MAUVE What is Mauve? Mauve is being able to blow a bubble. fork and spoon go! It is that you know marvelous means to feel good and yucky means to feel bad. It is being able to tie your shoe and being able to reach the top shelf. What is your Mauve? . Mauve is setting the table and remembering where the knife.
It is being able to stay up late and sleeping in. It is skipping and jumping with joy. Midnight Blue is coming out of the shower and how wonderful it feels to have a soft towel to dry off with. in the morning. because you know you can’t always be first! What is your Midnight Blue? .MIDNIGHT BLUE What is Midnight Blue? Midnight Blue is holding your head up and having courage when you feel afraid. even when you have lost the race.
or pine cones in the forest. It is curling up with your teddy bear and reading it a book. shells from the beach. Mist is hunting for small stones along a path. It is when you can turn grumpy into happy and hate into “I’m sorry.MIST What is Mist? Mist is where you go when you want to be alone.” What is your Mist? .
NAVY What is Navy? Navy never cheats. making a touchdown. and playing by the rules. It’s doing the best you can over and over again. It is standing tall. What is your Navy? . Navy is big ships. small airplanes. taking a bow. It is scoring in soccer. and station wagons full of kids. and breaking the ribbon at the end of the race.
NEON BLUE What is Neon Blue? Neon is riding in a fancy car and seeing city lights at night. and sleeping out at night. It is doing new things and feeling bold. Neon Blue is riding a roller coaster. It is eating in a fancy restaurant and not spilling anything on yourself. What is your Neon Blue? . hiking on a tough trail.
and whispers of.NEON YELLOW What is Neon Yellow? Neon Yellow is hitting a homerun. and sledding down a hill. riding in an elevator. at night in the house with flashlights. What is your Neon Yellow? . the smell of pizza. Neon Yellow is shouting for joy. “I did it! I did it!” It is Playing tag. and the yell of the crowd. It is walking on top of a wall.
“Pass the biscuits.” Orange is giving smiles and receiving hugs. What is your Orange? . It is having a brother and a sister. the end of a jump.ORANGE What is Orange? Orange is the beginning of a skip. and the turn of the merry-go-round. Orange is knowing to say. It is the smell of breakfast on the table and feeling sunshine coming through the window. please.
and the softness of your pajamas. What is your Peach? . It is when you fall asleep on Daddy’s lap while watching TV. the warmth of the fireplace. and feeling safe. It is when something great happens and puts a smile on you face.PEACH What is Peach? Peach is talking with your Mom at night. Peach is remembering to give Grandma a hug and the feeling when you wear Grandpa’s hat.
the good ones happen again! Pearl Grey is the smell of hot chocolate and marshmallows that you have after playing in the snow. It is going back to a favorite spot and finding new ones. It is remembering good times knowing you can get through bad ones and if you wait. the feel of dew on the grass and the tail of a deer as it disappears.PEARL GRAY What is Pearl Gray? Pearl Gray is the whistle of the train. What is your Pearl Grey? .
PERIWINKLE What is Periwinkle? Periwinkle is the sound of the crunch of the snow. It is where you go when you play hide and go seek. playing hard. your fingers crossed and skipping down the street. Periwinkle is running fast. What is your Periwinkle? . and being able to turn a somersault. The look in Grandma’s eye when you’ve snuck a cookie! It is the tight coolness of a popsicle.
the rabbit’s nose. It is trying your best. giving all you can. It is the cat’s tongue. believing in yourself and in others. What is your Petal Pink? .PETAL PINK What is Petal Pink? Petal Pink is making a wish and hoping it will come true. and the path of a parade. Petal Pink is crawling into bed and dreaming of tomorrow. and knowing you’re a great player.
it’s everything come together. “Wow” what a color. finding money in your pocket.PLAID What is Plaid? Plaid. It is the shiny spot on the apple and the smile of all your friends. like rounding the corner at the end of the race. What is your Plaid? . Plaid is packing for a trip. It is what is fun. remembering to take everything and being able to pull your own suitcase. and paint on your face.
watching the lady who feeds the birds. and the people who walk their dogs. What is your Poppy? . and the cat waking you up.POPPY What is Poppy? Poppy is the chirping of the birds early in the morning. It is knowing that tomorrow comes after today. It is knowing Mom will be at the bus stop. Remembering trips to the zoo. Poppy is sitting on the bench in the park. that monkeys climb trees and that strawberries will always taste like strawberries. and that some things happen in an order.
It is the sound dry markers make on the marker board. What is your Powder Blue? . the side of a cloud. Powder Blue is when you ride the bus and hold Daddy’s hand.POWDER BLUE What is Powder Blue? Powder Blue is the tingle of a bell. It is when the light changes and you know when to cross the street. and the smell of Spring. and playing at your preschool.
the dust under your feet on a summer’s day. It is looking for the good times that come in each day.PUMPKIN What is Pumpkin? Pumpkin is the “oomph” of a good hug. “Can I help?” It is the bounce of the lamb. What is your Pumpkin? . It is asking. Pumpkin is the smell of pumpkin pie. and the scattering of chickens. the remembering of Thanksgiving and always being kind. the waddle of the geese.
What is your Pure White? . and happy wishes to a friend. Pure White is remembering to say. a kitten’s step.” It is going to bed when you are told.PURE WHITE What is Pure White? Pure White is the flutter of a butterfly’s wing. It is when you think of something fun or a song that you like. “Please” and “Thank you.
PURPLE What is Purple? Purple is knowing you see with your eyes. It is the path the car leaves when your family drives at night. taste with your tongue. What is your Purple? . Purple is helping your friends to feel good and telling them they did a good job. smell with your nose. and feel with your skin. It is a letter in the mailbox that is just for you.
What is your Rust? .RUST What is Rust? Rust is the path the old rocker has worn on the porch. the turning of the wagon wheels long ago. It is learning to do some grown up things the best way that you can. It is remembering that good times happen and so do hard ones. It is the twinkle in the eyes of the old woman who you call friend. Rust is the chiming of the clock in the hall. It is the weather vane on the barn and the city bus at night.
shopping with Mom. walks with Dad.SILVER What is Silver? Silver is remembering fun times. and helping to push the grocery cart. It is what the cat leaves on your arm when she licks it! What is your Silver? . It is going to the corner store. Silver is the path the newspaper takes when the paper man throws it. and playing with your family.
What is your Silver Threaded Mercury? . jumping in a pool. trust and believing.SILVER THREADED MERCURY What is Silver Threaded Mercury? Silver Threaded Mercury is sliding down a slide. and sleeping out all night long in a tent. It is truth. Silver Threaded Mercury is sharing a story and listening to others. It is knowing you are growing up and soon will be going to school.
It is the jumping into leaves. What is your Sparkling Gold? . and the dog taking you for a walk! Sparkling Gold is knowing you can do anything and be anybody. the look on your Grandpa’s face.SPARKLING GOLD What is Sparkling Gold? Sparkling Gold is the feeling of running faster than anyone else. It is like carrying a secret in your pocket and no one knows it’s there.
It is the spot where the rabbit sits under the fence. What is your Straw? .STRAW What is Straw? Straw is the first rays of light in the morning. It is the smell of cookies fresh from the oven. It is when you smile at someone and they smile back. Straw is gentle and kind. It is like laying down on a bed of feathers.
that you can do again and again. It is taking a nap because you’re tired and the puppy comes up and curls up by your side. scratching the horse’s nose and hiding in a tree house.TANGERINE What is Tangerine? Tangerine is walking barefoot in the creek. It is fun times. Tangerine is playing late at night. having friends to sleep over and watching videos with popcorn to eat. What is your Tangerine? .
the middle of a jump. It is running in the door knowing your Mom has made lunch. It is how you feel when the ice cream truck comes.TEAL What is Teal? Teal is the beginning of a laugh. What is your Teal? . It is just feeling good to feel good. the up in the air of riding a swing. Teal is sitting on the grass with your favorite friend.
“Hey. strong. The Blue That Has No Name is the sky on a summer’s day. and the smell of flowers in the spring. the slick spot on the ice.THE BLUE THAT HAS NO NAME What is the Blue That Has No Name? The Blue That Has No Name is the moment you get an idea and say. What is your Blue That Has No Name? . and knowing everyone makes mistakes. and never giving up. It is the path the ants take determined. what about this?” It is being kind instead of mean.
What is your Violet? . It is swimming under the water and not being afraid. It is knowing that the nightlight will come on when the lights go out at the end of the day.VIOLET What is Violet? Violet is when you squeeze your eyes real tight. and what you see in the middle of the night. Violet is not getting mad when your friends can’t play. because you know how to hold your breath.
It is drawing pictures on the sidewalk with colored chalk.WILLOW What is Willow? Willow is how nice your hand feels when it’s inside your Daddy’s hand. Willow is the quietness at the end of the day and the waking up in the morning when you still feel just a little bit sleepy. not being pushy. and being what adults call patient. Willow is waiting your turn. What is your Willow? .
YELLOW What is Yellow? Yellow is Grandma’s favorite color. What is your Yellow? . It is what feels good and what makes people happy. and the sound a moving cloud makes. Yellow is pancakes. It was the twinkle from her eyes and the sound of her laughter. and apple pie. It is the feel of the warm sun. the touch of the wind. cookies.
Finish by signing your name and age It’s OK to get an adult to help you – this is all for fun and some of you are too young to write the words on your own. I’d love for you to share your ideas for the colors written! You can do that by going to www. We’ll try to post as many as we can – you can see what other kids write as well! Thanks for reading! And.Dear Young Reader.tv and send me your colorful ideas… simply write. keep on reading and writing yourselves. the world needs lots of writers! Sue Lee .ibelieveinme. Thank You for reading. I hope you enjoyed it – I enjoyed writing it. Whispers of Color for children. just like in this book: Begin with: The name of the color Next write the question: What is (color you are writing about)? Then write: What you think it might be.
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