They Say Blue

  • Title: They Say Blue
  • Author: Jillian Tamaki
  • Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Abrams-“In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This would be another great book to use as young children learn about the seasons, weather, and the different aspects of the world around them. I think this picture book would be great for young children.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Tamaki’s illustrations are not to be missed. The use of color really evokes the seasons. Probably my favorite set of illustrations is a two-page spread of our protagonist gazing out the window at the crows in the morning sun.

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