They Say Blue

by Jillian Tamaki

A small girl playing in the natural world as the seasons change compares her own... read more

A small girl playing in the natural world as the seasons change compares her own observations to what she’s been told. For example, they say the sea is blue, but when she holds it in her hands, the water looks clear. Other things she knows even when she can’t observe them: her blood is red and the yolk inside an egg is orange. A stream-of-consciousness narrative captures the inner thoughts of a young Asian girl as she experiences her world. Brightly colored acrylic and watercolor illustrations sweep across each page, offering continuity as time, colors, and the seasons change, and an artistic child learns to trust her own imagination. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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