Perfect Picture Book Friday – Blue On Blue

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

There’s nothing like days on end of temperatures in the single digits to make me think about summer 🙂  So today’s book is about a summer thunderstorm which clears off into a starry night.  I hope you’ll enjoy this pretty, pretty book!

Title: Blue On Blue
Written By: Dianne White
Illustrated By: Beth Krommes
Beach Lane Books, December 2014, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: publisher says 5-8, I think younger would enjoy too.

Themes/Topics: poetry, weather (thunderstorms), nature, colors

Opening: “Cotton clouds.  Morning light.  Blue on blue.  White on white.  Singing, swinging outdoor play.  White on blue on sunny day.”

Brief Synopsis: This lovely book shows both the course of a family’s day on a New England farm from morning through bedtime, and the change of weather from a sunny morning, through darkening clouds, to rain and thunder, and finally clearing skies, sunset, and a “silver night.”

Links To Resources: Color Lesson Plans (Marble Art, Beautiful Butterfly Prints, Awesome Octopus, Trying Out Art); make your own scratchboards; Weather for Kids.  You could also make your own art projects based on the descriptions in the story (e.g. cotton clouds on blue sky).

Why I Like This Book: This is such a lovely book!  The story is simple, but poetic.  It takes you through a child’s day, and includes elements of color, weather, and life on a New England farm (including animals :)). The day starts out sunny, but a storm comes up.  The child hides under the covers during the worst of the storm, but after the rain stops, the child, the puppy, and the little piggies have a wonderful time in the mud 🙂  The story finishes with a bath outside for the puppy, and a bath inside for the child, and sweet dreams under a starry night.  The lyrical, rhyming language is fun to read aloud, and the rhythm of the language mimics the rhythm of rain dripping, then pounding, then lightening, and finally stopping.  The scratchboard and watercolor art, done by Caldecott Medalist Beth Krommes, is absolutely gorgeous.  I encourage you to check this one out!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you!  I can’t wait to see what you’ve chosen this week!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

54 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Blue On Blue

  1. pennyklostermann says:

    I adored this book! Adored with a capital A! I even had it on my PPBF list to review, but as you may have noticed I have been absent from PPBF! I miss it and am needing to play catch up and visit all the links!

    Oh wow…I just went to the Perfect Picture Book list and saw the new links to Pinterest. Is that what Stacy dreamed up??? Awesomeness! What a wonderful idea!!!!

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    No, the pinterest idea was mine… Stacy dreamed up a way to do it on wordpress so it would sort itself into themes, but I've been so busy I haven't had time to learn how it works yet. She sent me videos and everything. I keep hoping “tomorrow” but then there are so many things to do that it's the next day, and the next!

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