Do you remember Marisol from Peter H. Reynolds’ book called Ish? She is the little sister who encouraged her older brother Ramon to keep drawing even though their older brother Leon had laughed at one of Ramon’s drawings. Thanks to Marisol, Ramon learned that his pictures could be “vase-ISH” or boat-ISH, or fish-ISH. All that matters is that he create pictures, and stories and poems as he sees them in the world.
In today’s new release, Sky Color, Marisol is introduced as an artist – - at home, at school, wherever she can display her thoughts and ideas in art. When her class is tasked with painting a mural at school, Marisol offers to paint the sky only to find that there is no blue paint in the box of paints. As she ponders what to do over the next day and night, she observes the many colours that the sky can be at different times of the day and in different weather. The next day at school, she rushes to mix colours to paint the sky, and shows her classmates how we can all see and illustrate things in many ways.
You will enjoy the simplicity of the text, the lightness and movement of the illustrations, and the colour that splashes across the sepia style drawings. The hand lettered text adds to the whimsy and appeal of the book.
Thank you, Peter Reynolds, for another story of art and inspiration!
Hardcover $17.00 ages 5+