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
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 ...
  • Bill
    Jan 26, 2018
    Gorgeous illustrations and cover. The text/conceptual progression throughout the book, on the other hand, does not succeed particularly well. ...
  • Danielle
    Apr 13, 2018
    Is it possible to give a book ten million stars? The poetic language of the book combined with gorgeous illustrations filled my heart up with warmth and love. ...
  • Angela
    Apr 12, 2018
    A child's thought-provoking exploration of our vibrant world. ...
  • 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! ...
  • DaNae
    Mar 30, 2018
    A joyful acknowledgement of our vibrant world of color. ...
  • 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 - ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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, ...
  • Chinook
    May 05, 2018
    This book is gorgeous. Love the illustrations and the way they move from one to the next. The story was good too, but meandered a bit. ...
  • Caitlin Ostberg
    Apr 11, 2018
    Love the illustrations, weirdly lost the story about half-way through. ...
  • Cristina
    Apr 12, 2018
    Total caldecott material, if it's me you're asking. ...
  • Margie
    May 14, 2018
    When you work with younger children, sometimes you feel as though you are in the presence of those with the attention spans of fleas. It's like it's non-existent. Experience and those very same children will teach you, it's not about having an attention span of a particular length but ...
  • Dana
    Mar 16, 2018
    Wonderful illustrations, intriguing story line about a curious child looking at colors and seasons. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Lisa D
    Mar 14, 2018
    Beautiful book! May win awards galore such as Caldecott ...
  • 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. ...
  • Hallie Jackson Brackett
    Mar 27, 2018
    Gorgeous illustrations but the plot was a hot mess. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Mar 17, 2018
    I would say this is an early season awards contender, including Newbery: Picture Book Category (I know that?s not a thing.) Holding to the very highest standard, maybe ~3 too many spreads for perfection (perhaps too much time spent on the seasons/tree sub-section) but that?s still ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Janet Slipak
    Mar 10, 2018
    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 beyo...