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My Blue Is Happy
by Jessica Young and Catia Chien

Overview - This lyrical ode to colorsNand the unique ways they are experiencedNfollows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This lyrical ode to colorsNand the unique ways they are experiencedNfollows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them. Full color.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763651251
  • ISBN-10: 0763651257
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Colors
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Blue is sad and red means angry, right? Not for a thoughtful girl who sees colors less conventionally than those around her. “Yellow is cheery.... Like the summer sun,” the girl’s mother tells her as they stand on opposite sides of a golden field. “But my yellow is worried,” the girl reflects. “Like a wilting flower/ And a butterfly caught in a net.” While the girl’s father sees brown as “ordinary/ Like a plain paper bag,” it’s “special” for the girl; Chien (The Longest Night) paints her squeezing chocolate syrup all over her chocolate ice cream, eyes closed in delight. As debut author Young takes readers through nine colors, she gently introduces the idea of opposites and invites children to consider the different feelings colors can evoke. Working in acrylic, Chien easily keeps up with the story’s shifting moods, showing how a gray rainstorm can be simultaneously cold (in the murky outdoors) and warm, as the girl curls up inside with her grandmother on a cozy armchair. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

 
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