Color the Sky

Little, Brown. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316212076.
Toddler-PreS–Reminiscent of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See??, this book teaches young readers about colors while pairing the lesson with joy and whimsy: “Blue low, blue high. Blue has taken to the sky.” Readers follow a young child with enormous eyes and short curls as they discover a world with a rainbow of colorful birds. Concise sentences on each spread are provided in large type for those first learning to read and offer an easily accessible rhyme scheme. This poetic quality of the text engages readers in the beauty of nature and song. The sketch-style artwork in pastels and charcoal shows a world awash in color. The illustrations are detailed, particularly for the birds and trees, but the diffused light also provides a gentle quality to the scenes.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for home and public library collections serving the youngest of patrons, and for fans of Eric Carle. Older readers may find instructional use; for example, the book can be used to teach colors to English language learners.

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