Peach and Blue

Peach and Blue

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by Sarah S. Kilborne, Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher
     
 

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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 SalamanderSee more details below

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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 complement this unique and graceful story.

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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
Julie Walton
Despite the far-fetched casting--a blue-bellied toad and a peach--this old-fashioned tale of friendship radiates warmth and authenticity. One day Blue discovers Peach weeping up in a tree, longing to see the world beyond her branch. Forming a tower of toads, Blue and his siblings rescue her. As she drinks in the sights of the pond, Peach opens Blue's eyes to the beauty of the world that he takes for granted. In a bittersweet ending, Blue brings water and a willow branch dripping with tree milk to a peaked Peach. He tells her she can stay there forever, and Peach says she doesn't think she'll last forever. Blue replies, "That's okay. Not many folks do. But until then, you have me, and I have you." The generosity and mutual respect of these two characters serve as a wise reminder of what makes friendship prosper. Johnson and Fancher acknowledge the fantastic story line with lush, dreamy paints, while dodging the temptations of cuteness and condescension. In every respect, this is a standout title and particularly impressive as Kilborne's debut.
From the Publisher
"The generosity and mutual respect of these two characters serve as a wise reminder of what makes friendship prosper."—Booklist.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679939290
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Pages:
40
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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