Peach and Blue

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Illustrated in full color. He is a blue-bellied toad hopping aimlessly through life.  She is a sad peach yearning for escape and adventure.  Then one remarkable day, Peach and Blue explore the pond that Blue calls home and awaken each other to a world neither has ever really seen before.  Lush illustrations by the award-winning illustrating team of The Salamander Room and The Frog Prince, Continued perfectly ...
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Overview

Illustrated in full color. He is a blue-bellied toad hopping aimlessly through life.  She is a sad peach yearning for escape and adventure.  Then one remarkable day, Peach and Blue explore the pond that Blue calls home and awaken each other to a world neither has ever really seen before.  Lush illustrations by the award-winning illustrating team of The Salamander Room and The Frog Prince, Continued perfectly complement this unique and graceful story.

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A frog helps a peach see the world and the peach shows the frog sights he has never seen before.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The generosity and mutual respect of these two characters serve as a wise reminder of what makes friendship prosper."--Booklist.  

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Salman Ahmad
There couldn't be a simpler, more straightforward, or more touching love story than this encounter between a blue-bellied toad and an almost ripe peach who yearns to see the world before she's "picked and made into a cobbler or a tart." Blue isn't exactly sure what tarts and cobblers are but shudders sympathetically anyway and comes up with a plan-an elaborate variation on leapfrog-to liberate his new friend. His kindness is more than repaid when, with her rapturous appreciation of the world he takes for granted, she opens his eyes to the beauty around him. Aware of her fragility, he extends every tenderness, for however much "forever" is left to them. Children understand implicitly that love is a tangible act and no mere abstraction; this story, with its subtle and evocative illustrations, will enhance that intuition. Family Fun Magazine
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A peach who longs to see the world gets help from a kindly blue frog. "Johnson and Fancher do their best with romantic, lushly colored illustrations," said PW. Ages 5-8. Apr.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An odd, farfetched story about a blue-bellied toad and a living, breathing, talking peach. The unlikely pair establish a deep, sentimental friendship after Blue assists Peach in falling from her branch. She wants to see the world, but it is she who helps Blue to view his pondside home in a fresh, new way. He propels her around in a leaf-lined bowl made of twigs and mud while she rhapsodizes about the ``harvest of colors'' that she beholds. Although the text is clear and well written, the story itself is too serious, saccharine, and self-consciously philosophical. Dark, well-composed paintings beautifully depict each stage of the low-key adventure. Blue is portrayed realistically, as are the natural surroundings, while Peach sports a somewhat ghostly face, making her look like a disembodied bald head. There is little here to appeal to children. Kate Spohn's Fanny and Margarita Viking, 1993 is an overtly whimsical tale about talking fruit that intends to make readers laugh.-Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679890959
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Dragonfly Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 225,078
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.17 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson was born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Steve's stunning illustrations have been seen in many magazines, but it was not until Knopf asked him to illustrate No Star Nights in 1989 that he began his career as a children's book illustrator. Since then, Steve and his wife Lou Fancher has collaborated on the illustrations and design on a number of notable children's books.  They are currently among the most sought after of children's book artists. Steve and Lou fell in love with the My Many Colored Days manuscript at first sight, seeing in it an unusual opportunity to create something that is at once both childlike and sophisticated.  

Steve and Lou currently reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    This is a phenomenal book. It is a story of Love, Caring and Rea

    This is a phenomenal book.
    It is a story of Love, Caring and Reality.
    Read it  tenderly.
    It is a book to keep and reread to our children and friends of our children
    throughout the years ahead.  Thank you Ms. Sarah S. Kilborne and Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher from Jane S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2000

    someone who loves a sweet tug on your heart story 2000

    every time I read this story it makes me cry. My childeren love it as much as I do. This is a book that everyone can enjoy over and over again!! If only we could all be as sweet and true to each other, as peach & Blue are.. Hats off to sarah s. kilborne and steve johnson and lou fancher!!!

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