My blue is happy (#0672SJ8)

by Young, Jessica; illustrated by Chien, Catia

6 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2013
Price: USD 15.15
Description: 26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.5
AR 2.2 LG .5 160745EN; RC 2.5 1; LEX AD520L


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A young girl explores emotions that are associated with different colors and begins to understand individual perspective.

From the Publisher
What is your blue like? A lyrical ode to colors -- and the unique ways we experience them -- follows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends.

Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon's breath, but you think it's brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it's pretty like a ballerina's tutu, but you find it annoying -- like a piece of gum stuck on your shoe. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Jessica Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them -- and opens up infinite possibilities for seeing the world in a wonderful new way.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Chien, Catia, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-5125-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-5125-1
  • LCCN: 2012-950616
  • Follett Number: 0672SJ8
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 160745EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 2.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD520L

Reviews & Awards
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/27/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/15/13
  • Publishers Weekly, 06/10/13
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 1, 2013 (Online))
Preschool-Kindergarten. The young narrator tells readers that her sister thinks “blue is sad. Like a lonely song.” But that’s not the way she sees it. Blue to her is a pair of favorite jeans or a splash in the pool. So begins a look at the feelings colors elicit and how they can vary from person to person. Yellow may be cheery for her mom, but to the girl, it’s like a wilting flower. Even poor gray has a bright side: for this girl, it’s as cozy as a kitten and the sound of soft rain on the roof. There are many books about colors, but this more nuanced look is a welcome addition. Though the cover image of the narrator eating a blueberry bar is inviting, it’s probably the least successful of the acrylic pictures, which inside range from a whimsical ballet scene featuring girls who do—and don’t—like pink to contemplative spreads on the nature of black. There will be lots of uses for this title, not the least of which is giving kids the opportunity to discuss how each color makes them feel.

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