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Blue on Blue
Contributor(s): White, Dianne, Krommes, Beth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442412674     ISBN-13: 9781442412675
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: December 2014
Annotation: Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Storms; Fiction.
Rain and rainfall; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Senses & Sensation
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012014239
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.75" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.15 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
"Cotton clouds. / Morning light. / Blue on blue. / White on white." Succinct couplets take readers from a beautiful morning through a thunderstorm to a peaceful conclusion. Inviting scratchboard illustrations set this meteorological report on a cozy farm; they feature sturdy rounded forms and strong compositions where straight lines (such as pelting rain) counterpoint the prevailing curves (from a puddle to the earth itself).

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #5)
"Cotton clouds. / Morning light./ Blue on blue. / White on white." Blue sky and a blue lake promise a lovely day, and so it will be, even with upcoming changeable weather included: "Gray on gray. Dark and glooming. / Black on black. Storm is looming." Succinct couplets trace wind and rain to their gentler aftermath until "Glitter stars,/ twinkling light./ Black on gold.../ on silver night." Inviting illustrations set this meteorological report on a cozy farm. Dogs and children, alarmed by thunder, scoot inside; farm animals scurry for shelter. Post-storm revelers include blissful pigs in mud and a puddle-happy child. Krommes's (The House in the Night) scratchboard technique--elegant yet assertive black outlines; sturdy rounded forms; strong compositions where straight lines (such as pelting rain) counterpoint the prevailing curves (from a puddle to the earth itself)--makes this a particularly handsome book, here glowing with a rainbow of added watercolor. To extend the pleasurable shivers and delights of summer storms, share this with Hesse's Come On, Rain! (rev. 7/99) and McCloskey's Time of Wonde Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #2)

Centered on a whitewashed New England farmhouse and the fields and ocean that surround it, Krommes's nostalgic scratchboard and watercolor spreads bring newcomer White's clipped verse to life. The morning is fine, and the farmer's daughter jumps rope while her mother hangs the wash. But a thunderstorm is coming: huge black clouds pile up as wind gusts drive leaves airborne: "Thunder! Lightning!/ Raging, roaring./ Rain on rain on rain is pouring." Caldecott Medalist Krommes (The House in the Night) shows the girl and her dog hiding under the bedclothes; the girl's mother puts her baking aside to comfort the baby. When the worst is over ("Winds shift. Drops drip"), the girl plays in the mud, then helps her father bathe the family dogs as the sun sets. "Glitter stars, twinkling light" views the house from down low, the surrounding wildflowers appearing to dance amid the stars. White's graceful pacing spreads the energy of the storm across the arc of the story, while Krommes's primitive folk art gives a sense of the rhythms of life and nature that recur from season to season, year to year. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 August)

PreS—A beautiful sunny day darkens as clouds gather and rain arrives. From morning till bedtime, the story follows a young family on their farm. Rhyming, spare text augments the striking scratchboard and watercolor illustrations. Round shapes and subtle warm colors create a sense of love and safety despite the storm. Rich illustrations invite close study with details such as the farmer's hat blowing off as "Clouds swell./Winds blow bolder." During the height of the storm, both child and dog huddle under the covers while the dad leads spooked horses into the barn. Only the goldfish remain unbothered as "Thunder!/Lightning!/Raging, roaring./Rain on rain on rain is pouring." Careful pacing stands out, especially as the storm slowly ends and the family and animals return outside to play in the mud and finish their day with outdoor baths for the dogs and an indoor one for the child. The combination of limited, strong text; rich illustrations; and child-centric perspective make this a strong choice for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.—Suzanne Myers Harold, formerly at Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR

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