White Is for Blueberry
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White Is for Blueberry

by George Shannon, Laura Dronzek
     
 

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Is a blueberry blue?

Is a crow black?

Is fire yellow?

Is snow white?

If you think you know,
then think —
and look again!

Overview

Is a blueberry blue?

Is a crow black?

Is fire yellow?

Is snow white?

If you think you know,
then think —
and look again!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-If Georgia O'Keeffe had made a book for young children, it might have looked like this one. Close-ups of natural phenomenon in a vibrant palette combine with strategic pacing to undo the viewer's preconceptions about color. This creative duo has selected 10 images with which to stage their drama. The minimalist text appears in black ink, except for the words that name the colors; they are enlarged and color-coordinated. Thus, the opening page depicts a black crow, but the text reads, "Pink is for crow-." The page turn reveals a spread showing a nest of newborn birds and the conclusion: "-when it has just hatched from its egg." In like manner, author and artist pair purple and snow, blue and firelight, yellow and pine trees. The disconnect between the written hue and the initial object, combined with the elliptical construction, allows older children to guess and predict the outcomes and younger ones to be surprised. The bold, uncluttered scenes, rendered in acrylics, have a sweetness and strength that is quite pleasing to the eye. Easy to read and fun to share, this paean to the wonder of cycles and the rewards of close observation is the perfect prelude to a thoughtful excursion. Fans of Shannon and Dronzek would also enjoy titles such as Tana Hoban's Look! Look! Look! (HarperCollins, 1988; o.p.) and N. N. Charles's What Am I? Looking Through Shapes at Apples and Grapes (Scholastic, 1994).-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For children ready to step past the primal "apples are red, leaves are green" stage of color coding, Shannon and Dronzek offer helping hands: "PINK is for crow . . . [turn the page] when it has just hatched from its egg. BLACK is for poppy . . . when we take the time to look inside," and so on. The acrylic art underscores each observation in deep, rich hues; viewers can look down into a poppy's dark center, glimpse a bear cub sniffing at white, unripe blueberries and observe the difference between a whole red apple and a cut one. Some of Shannon's phrasing seems contorted-"Purple is for snow . . . when the snow is the shadow of us," for instance, or "Yellow is for pine tree . . . when the tree has been cut and sawed to build," accompanying a view of a lumberyard. Nevertheless, his insight will leave many young children regarding their world in a new way: "It all depends on when we look . . . how near or far . . . outside or in." (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060292751
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2005
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,148,156
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; the acclaimed Birds, by Kevin Henkes; and White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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