Peter H. Reynolds, Author and Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Fiction, Aug. 2012
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Art, Creativity, Imagination,
Opening: “Marisol was an artist. She loved to draw and paint, and she even had her very own art gallery. Not all her art hung in a gallery. Much of it she shared with the world.”
Synopsis: Marisol’s teacher announces to the class they are going to paint a mural for the library. Marisol wants to paint the sky. She searches through the box of paints and can not find the color blue. She wonders how she will paint the sky without blue paint. On her way home from school Marisol stares out the bus window as the horizon changes. She watches the sunset turn into night. She realizes that maybe there are other ways to paint the color of the sky.
Why I like this book: Another beautiful and original story about imagination and creativity from author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who shows his young readers that the sky is the limit when you dream big and think outside of the box. He encourages children to open their eyes and really look at their surroundings. Is the sky really blue, the grass green, the sea blue and the moon white? This is a great way to encourage kids to be daring and experiment with a variety of colors. What a great lesson in creativity for children. This is the third story in his Creatrilogy series, which also includes The Dot and Ish. Visit Peter H. Reynolds at his website.
Resource: The website OMazing Kids has some terrific ideas about encouraging creativity using many of Peter Reynold’s books. Check out this July 6 post Inspiring Kids Creativity with Books, Art and Movement.