They Say Blue

 
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They Say Blue
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4+
Release Date
March 01, 2018
ISBN
9781773060200
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Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one.

Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.

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Breathtaking is the only way to describe this book. Intricately detailed, beautifully colored artwork takes the reader through a journey of colors as a little girl explores her world and wonders at how the colors fit into it. Blue is the color of the ocean, yet up close the ocean is clear. The fields of grass look like a golden ocean but it is still only grass. Color heralds the change of seasons, brightly colored flowers in the spring, green leaves in the summer, gold and red leaves that fall in the autumn and the silence of white in the winter. Throughout, deft brush strokes and sketch lines keep this story in constant motion and make the reader feel the childlike wonder of the young narrator. Per usual, Tamaki’s art is the story and will keep young ones fascinated in an exploration of the detail.

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Beautiful kinetic art keeps this book flowing from end page to end page.
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