They Say Blue (Hardcover)
Stunning illustrations make They Say Blue a feast for the eyes. Its colorful, vibrant pages would be enough on their own, but the lyrical text is a welcome complement. Jillian Tamaki’s focus on perception and inquisitive learning is a valuable one—an ode to childhood surprise, wonder, and curiosity. The gentle innocence with which the story’s young girl discovers the world through colors, and the delight she takes in what she finds, brought a warmth to my heart that left me feeling at ease. -Sage— From Spring Booknotes 2018
In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.
This first picture book from celebrated illustrator Jillian Tamaki will find equal appreciation among kids and collectors.
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"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
— Kirkus Reviews
— School Library Connection