From School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In this engaging story, a little girl realizes that not everyone feels the same about colors. Her sister sees blue as sad and associates it with lonely songs. But the protagonist sees it as happy because it reminds her of her favorite jeans and the pool on a hot day. Dad says brown is ordinary like a paper bag but chocolate syrup is the association that the child makes. Art teachers will gravitate toward this upbeat title to let children begin to explore the importance of color. Chien's illustrations are appropriately vibrant and allow for the different interpretations that the text suggests. This idea of colors and the associations youngsters have about them is an interesting subject and would make for some great writing activities. How do you feel when you see red? How about violet or orange? Having children compare their notions of the same colors would make for some great conversations. This child knows her own mind and feelings and isn't about to have someone else's associations color her world. Use the story with Emma Dodd's Dog's Colorful Day (Dutton, 2001), Roseanne Thong's Red Is a Dragon (Chronicle, 2001), Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint (Houghton Harcourt, 1989), and Jane Brocket's Ruby, Violet, Lime (Millbrook, 2012) to further explore color with children.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper