Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is visually stunning.
Swatch; The Girl Who Loved Color
By Julia Denos
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 15, 2016
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still.
Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer.”
Publisher’s Synopsis: “In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink . . . Swatch wanted to collect them all. But colors don’t always like to be tamed. . . “
What I Thought- The art in this book is phenomenal! It really does seem as if the colors are alive! It is a very unique idea, and I think one that has several subtle, underlying messages as well, such as it not being right to cage wild animals. Ms. Denos has a great writing style, reminding me of a fairytale. I enjoyed this book very much, and hope to read more by Ms. Denos!
Activities and Resources- Funathomewithkids.com has a great activity on ways to finger paint with children HERE. I think the activity will go great with the book!
For a full preview of the book, visit the HarperCollins website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!