Blue Floats Away
Little Blue lives at the North Pole with his parents until, one day, he floats away and strikes out on his own. Along the way, Blue encounters new things (sharks) and beautiful things (sailboats). He starts to wonder which way is home when something unexpected starts to happen. Little Blue is getting smaller and smaller until . . . he transforms!
After mixing with the warm ocean water, Blue reappears as a cloud. He encounters new things (airplanes) and beautiful things (birds). He charts a course for home. As it gets colder and colder, Blue gets bigger and bigger until . . . hey, is that a snowflake?
A story about the water cycle, Blue Floats Away explores the power of transformation and growing up.
What I loved: This book gives a personal context to icebergs and lightly global warming, as we follow Blue on his journey. Although it starts out a little sad with Blue getting lost, I appreciated the new friends he meets along the way and the concepts that are mentioned. The story stays brief, only mentioning these things, which makes it great for young readers. This would be great as part of a classroom or home lesson about water cycles and weather. The backmatter includes some additional information about the water cycle and climate change.
The illustrations throughout are really interesting, with cut paper used to create the images. The bright and vivid color choices are perfect for the intended audience. I could definitely see this sparking some fun art projects! The font is clear, large, and easy to read, which also helps with reading it aloud in a classroom setting.
Final verdict: A story of climate change and the water cycle, BLUE FLOATS AWAY is picture book that would be great in the classroom or at home. Recommend for toddlers through early elementary school aged readers.