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Almost without any effort, it seems, They Say Blue reminds us to start paying attention again to this beautiful world. From the spray of water off a wave to an explosion of crows launching from a field, this jubilant celebration of color and seasons just feels fresh. Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki has created a picture book that is poetry in motion, with exuberant art that splashes across the page. Lovely. Ages 3–6.
About the Author
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator, author, and comics artist living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of the young adult graphic novel This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. She makes books and comics for people of all ages, including They Say Blue, a picture book about looking and thinking.
"The free-association nature of the child narrator’s interaction with her surroundings seems utterly familiar, and approaching it with observational, sensory language lands it firmly in territory children can relate to. This poetic, off-kilter little book has enigmatic power, and observant children will likely be enchanted."
"Thinking, imagining, noticing—these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world."
— Publishers Weekly
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries."
— School Library Journal
"A reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki covers her pages with colors, textures, meaning, and form that will allow the reader to explore and experience emotion along with the young girl."
— School Library Connection