They Say Blue

They Say Blue

Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child?s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from ...

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Title:They Say Blue
Author:Jillian Tamaki
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1773060201
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

They Say Blue Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Mar 19, 2018
    An expressive, quiet first picture book from Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer). As the Kirkus review said, "Neither exactly a book about colors nor exactly a book about seasons, this is a reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder." ...
  • Destinee Sutton
    May 10, 2018
    The art is five stars. Gorgeous. On the first few reads, though, the story left me like huh? I thought it was a story about colors, about seasons, which is what I expected. But then it was about a girl turning into a tree and the ending didn't click for me. On the surface, this is ...
  • Nadine Jones
    Dec 05, 2018
    This had so much potential, but it just didn't work. The art is dreamy and beautiful, but there is no flow to the story and the words have no rhythm at all. This feels like pages from the artist's idea book, randomly stitched together, and accidentally shipped to the printer before the...
  • David Schaafsma
    Nov 04, 2018
    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #4 of 2018. Lyra (11): 3.5 stars. I like the color and how yo...
  • Roger
    Nov 14, 2018
    The artwork is excellent. Some of it reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes. The story is fantastical, yet like Maurice Sendak's In The Night Kitchen, I can imagine children accepting it as natural and loving the transformations. ...
  • Elisabeth
    Apr 06, 2018
    I love riding around in this girls head as she interprets her world. We go from real to pretend and sometimes a wonderful swirl of both. ...
  • Boni
    Mar 21, 2018
    A gorgeous book. Wow. But it was a little too broad- a lack of focus (colors, seasons, feelings, the character becoming a tree for four spreads, existential questions...so much here!) and a jumpy narrative muddy it up too much or me. A tighter focus would have made it shine. Still, a l...
  • Crystal
    Mar 18, 2018
    Gorgeous! ...
  • Kris
    Apr 05, 2018
    I just read this book to a class of kindergarten kids and it was a true winner. First of all the art is gorgeous - so cool to see the range that Tamaki has after enjoying some of her older works like This One Summer. Also the connections to key concepts for younger kids were perfect - ...
  • Tatiana
    Jan 14, 2019
    Incoherent, if you ask me or my son. ...
  • Allison
    Apr 04, 2018
    Am I missing something?? The art is beautiful. The beginning was wonderful, but the text and story (if you can call it that) are terrible! I thought it was unfocused, disjointed and too long. The beginning starts out so nicely: blue sky, blue water...except when you look at water i...
  • Christopher
    Nov 22, 2017
    Here?s your first 2019 Caldecott contender. ...
  • Manybooks
    Nov 07, 2018
    Now for basically a concept book on colours, nature and the seasons, Jillian Tanaki's They Say Blue is in many ways aesthetically magical (and especially at the beginning of They Say Blue, the interplay between Tanaki's lyrical free verse poetry and her accompanying illustrations is ly...
  • Elizabeth A
    Jan 13, 2019
    I picked up several picture books from the library recently, and while I miss reading them with little ones, I still enjoy a brief dip into this type of book. This one is about a child and her exploration of colors and the natural world. I didn't find the text compelling, but the ar...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Apr 08, 2018
    This is a beautiful book. From illustrations to text, through and through. My only complaint is a really, really picky one... the whole voice/concept of the text confused me. Who is "they?" Is there any question that the items illustrated are the colors the author includes? The whole, ...
  • Cheryl
    Jun 30, 2018
    I don't see this as a concept book, but rather as philosophy, as a book that belongs on the same shelf as Zen Shorts. It's an ode to all that colors can mean to an observant, imaginative child. I don't really have much to say about it... I think it either clicks with a reader or do...
  • emma
    Apr 09, 2018
    Oh, this is so beautiful. Yes, as reviewed, the narrative is less a narrative and more contemplative, but the sounds of the words combined with the art is actually breathtaking. It's full of movement, yet at the same time still and calming. This is so gorgeous. ...
  • Earl
    Mar 12, 2018
    A gorgeously illustrated picture book contemplating the colors of the natural world. A beautiful use of the rainbow of colors to tell a story full of wonder and stunning imagery as seen through the eyes of a young girl. I loved how she managed to convey the change in time and a chan...
  • Irena Freitas
    May 06, 2018
    Tem umas composições tão lindas nas ilustrações desse livro que estou em prantos. Jillian Tamaki te amo! ...
  • Erin
    Mar 15, 2018
    This is lovely! I love the progression of color throughout the book and how it works with the text to tell the story. ...
  • Kim
    Mar 20, 2018
    The illustrations are bright and vivid. However, the story just left me wanting more details. I understand that the girl in the story is curious, but I feel like young readers might not get that. The story ended abruptly. ...
  • Lata
    Dec 16, 2018
    3.5 stars. Kind of sweet and meditative, as a young girl sees colours all around her. Felt a little light, and left me wanting a little more out of this little book. ...
  • Dani
    Mar 02, 2018
    I LOVE this one more than words can say. To so fully capture the magic of both colours and childhood? Jillian, you're amazing. ...
  • Kelly Carey
    Apr 26, 2018
    I was confused by the text -- first it is a child exploring her world using color as a touchpoint - but then does the child become a tree? Then we travel through the seasons with a tree and then the child and tree intersect with ugly black crows that convey a mood so different from the...
  • Melissa
    Nov 22, 2018
    There's no storyline to this book but I'm assuming its goal is to teach kids different colours. Although this book doesn't have a plot (and we never find out the little girl's name) it incorporates colours into the text and illustrations beautifully. Bonus star for the gorgeous artwork...
  • Hilary
    Nov 07, 2018
    3.5 stars. I didn't think I'd like this from the cover, the girl is drawn in a strange way, out of proportion and clumsy but the inside is a lot better. I really liked the illustrations and the quiet poetic text. A nice journey through colours and seasons. ...
  • M. Lauritano
    Mar 24, 2018
    In a deliberate shift towards a child friendly art style, Jillian Tamaki has made a book filled with sensuous illustrations structured by a progression of colors. Unfortunately, the text doesn?t live up to her artistic prowess. It is absent of anything like a story, which might not h...
  • Shelle Perry
    Aug 07, 2018
    Breathtaking is the only way to describe this book. Intricately detailed, beautifully colored artwork takes the reader through a journey of colors as a little girl explores her world and wonders at how the colors fit into it. Blue is the color of the ocean, yet up close the ocean is cl...
  • Schizanthus
    May 26, 2018
    This is one of those books where adult me and child me would have been at opposite ends of the reviewing spectrum. Adult me thinks that this book is simply beautiful. As the main character ponders different colours and imagines herself as a tree weathering the seasons I felt this lovel...
  • Abigail
    Jan 15, 2019
    Author/illustrator Jillian Tamaki, best known for her graphic novels, makes her picture-book debut with They Say Blue, a lovely, poetic examination of colors and seasons. A young girl observes and interacts with the natural world around her, appreciating the blue of sky and sea, the go...