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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Blue, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan. Raincoast. 2018. $23.50 ages 3 and up

"maybe blue

very blue

ocean blue

sky blue"

Green (Roaring Brook, 2012) was a concept book of the best kind. Laura Vaccaro Seeger showed us green in its many variants and ended with a hint at keeping an eye of the environment and protecting it. Blue is another striking book about color; it also tells a fascinating story about a boy and his dog.

'Baby blue' is the perfect opening. A baby boy and his pup, tucked together with a baby blue blanket that will be there with them through their life together. It is some life. The two share the joys of growing, the ups and downs that make a life together, and the boy experiences the sadness of loss. It is a story that rings true for those who share it.

As she has done so expertly in earlier concept books, Ms. Seeger uses acrylic paint on canvas to give texture and expression to each of the double page spreads. The colors are deep and perfectly chosen, as are the couplets that accompany each new stage in the lives of the boy and his beloved pet. Her signature die-cuts invite careful consideration and a turn of the page to make the connections.

Her story is filled with joy, a hint of great sadness, and a return to joy. Remember to watch for the blanket as you make the transition from one stage of life to the next. Heartwarming and hopeful, you need this book. I promise you will read it more than one time!

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