Rare and Blue: Finding Nature’s Treasures

Charlesbridge. Sept. 2020. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781623540975.
Gr 3-5–The color blue can be found all throughout nature, including birds, lobsters, prairie grass, and the Earth itself. This picture book examines familiar creatures and their many shades of blue. The narrative takes readers on a journey, starting with a field of Karner blue butterflies and ending in space with an aerial view of Earth. Each spread uses simple prose and spotlights a new animal or aspect of nature. A paragraph of text provides facts, such as an animal’s scientific name, details about its habitat, or its classification as an endangered species in the wild. The artwork complements the text well, adding detail to the animals, wildlife, and outdoor settings as if readers were looking at realistic scenes recreated from photographs. The humans that are depicted throughout are mostly seen from a distance but are both white and non-white. The back matter includes categories of species, a glossary, additional facts, and a selected bibliography.
VERDICT Filled with dreamy watercolor images of nature and bite-sized information to encourage thoughtful reflection, this title is a solid purchase for elementary nonfiction collections, especially where nature and life science texts are popular.

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