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Beautiful Blue Eyes
     

Beautiful Blue Eyes

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by Marianne Richmond
 

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A child's eyes truly tell wonders, revealing personality, thoughts and feelings of the heart. Beautiful Blue Eyes, a sweet story with engaging illustrations, celebrates the unique spirit of the blue-eyed boy or girl.

I watched, and I waited

as your eyes chose their hue,

deciding in time

on their beautiful blue.

Blue

Overview

A child's eyes truly tell wonders, revealing personality, thoughts and feelings of the heart. Beautiful Blue Eyes, a sweet story with engaging illustrations, celebrates the unique spirit of the blue-eyed boy or girl.

I watched, and I waited

as your eyes chose their hue,

deciding in time

on their beautiful blue.

Blue as a butterfly wing

or the sparkly sea.

Blue as the birdy

singing in her tree.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This sentimental look at the maternal bond will make a great gift book for adults who are about to become parents."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—A woman tells how she wondered what color her newborn child's eyes would be. In time they turn blue and reveal her offspring's personality. "'Eyes cannot talk!' you say to me....I see your eyes speaking," the mother relates. They show attributes such as playfulness and thoughtfulness, and also moods. Mother concludes by explaining how grateful she is to share her life with her child. Bold and colorful mixed-media artwork accented with buttons and yarn depicts a variety of doll-like, blue-eyed children. Sometimes just shy of saccharine, this sentimental look at the maternal bond will make a great gift book for adults who are about to become parents, but it is an optional purchase for libraries.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Richmond offers a bland and confusing a companion to her Beautiful Brown Eyes (2009). The story mostly focuses on how much the narrator, presumably a mother or group of mothers, loves her (or their) blue-eyed children in their many moods. These moods are apparently supposed to be obvious by the children's expressions, but the faces remain relatively unchanging on many pages, often sporting near-identical smiles. On the page describing a child's tears, the child looks startled, not sad or in pain from the shot she's receiving. Buttons and yarn add a collage element to the smudgy full-color images but do nothing to clarify the relationship between text and pictures. The text unfolds in rhyme; an unfortunate choice, as syntax and rhythm are frequently forced: "Pretty, for sure, / those 'blues' I know, / and, oh, what they tell me / 'bout you as you grow." Overall, the impact is jarring and poorly executed. Rather than confuse a young audience, explore emotions with My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (1996), or Flyaway Katie, by Polly Dunbar (2004). For books on parental love, try All the Seasons of the Year, by Deborah Lee Rose and illustrated by Kay Chorao (2010), or Who Loves the Little Lamb?, by Lezlie Evans and illustrated by David McPhail (2010). (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402256394
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc. was founded in 1991 as a greeting card company with just 20 designs and has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, a memorable journey, and relationships. Since her first book, The Gift of An Angel, writer and artist Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com

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Beautiful Blue Eyes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Blue Eyes is written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond. "I watched, and I waited as your eyes chose their hue, deciding in time on their beautiful blue. Blue as a butterfly or the sparkling sea. Blue as the bluebird who sings in her tree." This book engages a child's eyes and explains to them that their eyes are the window to their souls. Eyes can tell you more than words if you pay attention to their focus. They can tell you if your sad, happy, angry, mad, worried and so much more. Eyes look outside but people see in and each of us has our own set of eyes to be proud about. Marianne Richmond's beautifully illustrated book is sure to be a bedtime favourite for you and your child. As Marianne patiently awaits her daughters eye colour to appear, she marvels at their wonder and appreciates their value. Beautiful Blue Eyes is the follow-up book to Beautiful Brown Eyes, Marianne calls each of her children by their eye colour, even the dog has his colour, giving her a line of books that are sure to endear her readers to their imagination. I really enjoyed the beautiful oil on canvas type of illustrations, they were colourful and engaging to myself and my wee folks. With emphasis on certain words, giving more meaning to the prose you are sharing with your children, it helps to create sight words with your child's early reading techniques. The rhyming prose was filled with love and gives the reader/listener a feel good moment about themselves. With much emphasis on each persons unique abilities and how our eyes tell us things about ourselves, even those things we try to hide, we are told a story about believing in yourself and the special person that you are.