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Groundwood Books

They Say Blue

Written by Jillian Tamaki

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781773060200

Cover of They Say Blue

Regular price $19.95 CAD

40 pages | 10 in × 10 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018

Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one.

Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

About the Author

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She has published two books of personal work and one graphic novel, Skim, with Mariko Tamaki. Visit Jillian Tamaki's website: http://www.jilliantamaki.com/ Visit Jillian Tamaki's blog: http://blog.jilliantamaki.com/ Check out Jillian's webcomic: http://mutantmagic.com/ Follow Jillian on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dirtbagg

Awards and Praise

Winner — Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award

"Thinking, imagining, noticing — these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world. " — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"With her first picture book, Jillian Tamaki displays a mastery of the form along with a sensitive understanding of the imaginative life of a small child. " — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

  • Commended School Library Journal Best Books, 2018
  • Commended NPR‚Äôs Great Reads, 2018
  • Winner Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, 2018
  • Commended CBC Books Best Canadian YA and Children‚Äôs Literature, 2018
  • Commended New York Times Notable Children‚Äôs Books, 2018
  • Commended New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2018
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