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The Blue Hour Hardcover – February 20, 2017
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“Rarely does a book so beautifully capture with images and prose the majesty that is God’s creation of nature.”
The Wall Street Journal
"Richly Illustrated. . . . Each shade of blue seems prettier and more dramatic than the one before, giving emphasis to the color's remarkable tonal varieties in a picture book that both dazzles and soothes."
"A visual rhapsody in blue. . . . Each image dazzles."
School Library Journal (STARRED review)
"With its calming tone and gorgeous visuals, this title is a unique choice for bedtime collections and a glorious introduction to the natural world."
"Visually stunning. . . . The Blue Hour would be perfect for bedtime reading: its lovely images might wing their way into a fortunate child's dreams."
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The book is all told in varying shades of blue. As the day fades and the night comes in, the blue gets darker. Against this blue backdrop are the different animals and plants that are also blue. Like blue herons and blue whales. Bluebells and cornflowers shine off the pages. The book ends with the animals waiting silently for the night. The final page shows where are the different animals can be found in the world.
The book begins with a color chart of all the shades of blue, and I think most or all of them are used in the book. I love the progression of color from lighter to darker blue. I like the peacefulness and beauty of these pictures showing not a scary dark world, but one full of wonder. If you are looking for a beautiful picture book to share with your little one during quiet time, this is a good choice.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Simler’s words are poetic. Her collection of plants and animals move from being more active to a quieter feel as the book progresses. This arc follows the way that nature quiets before nightfall. The end pages of the book offer information on different types of blue and then a map with the various animals on it.
The art is very special with the blue tones dominant throughout. There is a peacefulness and simplicity to it that matches the time of day perfectly. The various animals and plants are shown almost luminous on the blue background, their fur, feathers, and petals lit from within. This adds to the magical feel of the book and the sense that readers are looking at something almost secret.
A blue-tiful book about nature, time and the wonder around us. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
These seems to be the prefect night time book, and the color is so soothing, while the back cover states that The day ends. The night falls. And in between… thee is the blue hour.
You will want this book for the illustrations alone, they are beautiful and start with the cover forward.
There is a page that highlight just about every shade of blue, from pale blue to midnight blue, and then the birds of blue, fox of blue, frogs, sardines, and more and more. As you can see everything is blue, and very peaceful, and you will be wanting wonderful book to add to your collection, and one that you will be using as a nighttime special.
I received this book through the Publisher Eerdmand Books for young Readers, and The LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
The ‘blue hour’ is that twilight time when sun has gone down but the dark of night has not yet arrived. The sky, the water, the fauna, animals and birds shine out softly, in all sorts of glorious blues. The images are beautiful and I really loved how the creatures are located on the final pages in their native countries. The only problem I had was that the text was very small to read, even on my computer. I was glad that my granddaughters were reading with me as the eight-year-old was able to read the story for us.
This is very lovely. I do recommend this as a wonderful, delightful book to share with young… and old.
I received this book through NetGalley. My rating 4.75.
While this may be considered a book for the young among us, I think I would like a copy for myself. I would also like to give it to great-nieces and nephews.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys nature and artistic renderings--and everyone partial to blue!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.