My Blue Is Happy
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
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What is your blue like? A lyrical ode to colors — and the unique ways we experience them — follows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends.
Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon’s breath, but you think it’s brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it’s pretty like a ballerina’s tutu, but you find it annoying — like a piece of gum stuck on your shoe. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Jessica Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them — and opens up infinite possibilities for seeing the world in a wonderful new way.
Jessica Young is an art teacher and has worked as a curriculum consultant. This is her first book. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Catia Chien has illustrated numerous books for children including The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater and The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder. My Blue Is Happy is her first book with Candlewick Press. Catia Chien was born in Brazil and currently lives in California.
I love Jessica Young’s MY BLUE IS HAPPY! I'm adding it to my list of must-have books to inspire creative thinking. Catia Chien's vivid art is delightful, while really driving home the book's much-needed message about thinking beyond stereotypes. Highly recommended not just for art teachers, but for any teacher or parent wanting to inspire children to think more creatively about color, art, and our world.
—Peter H. Reynolds
Young’s plainly delivered, poetic text achieves a subtly conspiratorial tone, as the little girl establishes the specialness of brown chocolate syrup and gray’s "curled-up kitten" coziness. ... An ... interesting meditation on the resonance of color, for classroom or family sharing.
In this engaging story, a little girl realizes that not everyone feels the same about colors. ... Art teachers will gravitate toward this upbeat title to let children begin to explore the importance of color.
—School Library Journal
In this delightfully original picture book, author Jessica Young takes a fresh look at familiar colors, using them as the foundation for a story that celebrates individuality and the pleasures of living in a world informed by multiple perspectives.
—BookPage Children's Corner
The emotional statements about colors are effectively grounded in evocative, kid-oriented similes that add substance for listeners trying to make sense of the abstract relationship between colors and feelings. ... At the core of the narrative is the celebratory idea that people experience the world differently and that there is no end of possibilities in perspective, making this a remarkably useful text not only for color units but for exploring themes of community and the ways people are alike and different.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Readers and young listeners can have some good conversations about their own color perceptions after sharing this warm, deceptively simple concept book.
—The Horn Book