Blue Rider

Blue Rider

Written by: Valério, Geraldo
ages 4 to 7 / grades P to 2

“[A] dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

On a gray and crowded city sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

“[A] dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

On a gray and crowded city sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Mar 1, 2018
Specifications pages | 11.5 in x 9.75 in

"Valério excels at conveying the pure joy of color and form and, not incidentally, the ability of art and books to lift us up and away." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"It’s a dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

" . . . this book simply and persuasively speaks to the power of art to brighten and illuminate our lives, no matter how or where we find it. " — Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades P to 2
Reading Levels Lexile NP
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1