They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
Rec Ages 5-8
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.