June 15, 2017

Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 4:48 pm by suebe2

Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color
by Julia Denos
Balzer + Bray

It wasn’t hard to get me to pick up this book.  I may wear a lot of grey but I LOVE color.  Love it.  So I was eager to read a book about someone like me.  Isn’t that what we are told about how kids pick out books?

Swatch lives in a place where colors run wild.  But those colors had better look out because Swatch is even wilder than they are!  And she’s a color tamer.  She loved color so much that the colors also loved her and would come when she called.

That’s how she lured Just-Laid Blue into an old jam jar and caught it inside.  She added color after color to her collection, but she still didn’t have one.  Yellowest Yellow.

When she tried to coax Yellowest Yellow into the jar, but the color said “No thank you.”  Still, Swatch would have scooped it up if it hadn’t grown and bloomed across the sky.  Swatch looked up at the dragon of color and remembered something.

Colors are supposed to be wild.

Share this book with your young color lover.  Share it with your young nature lover as wild because the lesson is clear, wild things should remain wild.

Use this book in the classroom, in story time, or at home to launch many discussions and activities including finding colors in the wild and capturing them in a series of photos.  The images are wild and fun and will pull readers in, encouraging them to create their own artwork.  That said, it will probably be artwork that is big and just a little bit wild.

This would be a great book to read right before you mop the kitchen floor or when you can send them outside with sidewalk chalk!

–SueBE

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