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Sky Color (Creatrilogy)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  816 ratings  ·  146 reviews
The sky’s no limit as the author-illustrator of The Dot and Ish winds up his Creatrilogy with a whimsical tale about seeing the world a new way.

Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her por
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Look up. What color is the sky? What color would you paint the sky if there was no blue to be found? No blue paint, no blue crayons.

Marisol must paint the sky for her library’s new mural, but she cannot find the blue paint. She must come up with a way to show the world the sky in a new way. New color. The sky isn’t blue all the time.

Sky Color is a beautiful, sweet, inspirational tale filled with imagination and color that will have readers looking at the world in a whole new light. A book that
Lisa Vegan
I loved Ish and The Dot by this author; this book is considered the third of the three in “his Creatrilogy” series, according to the inside front cover of the book. And I love this book too.

It reminds me so strongly of when, as a child, I was first introduced to modern art, and would see multiple colors in faces, blue in hair, multi-colored dots that looked different close up than far away, and how it all worked. I enjoyed seeing that art then, and I enjoyed the story and art in this book.

I love
TED 8650 Children's Literature

Our book today is called Sky Color. It is written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, who also created The Dot and Ish. Do you remember what those books were about? (Students answer.) You're right, they were about kids being artistic and creative. So what will this book be about? (Students answer.) Good. So the title is Sky Color, what color is the sky? (Students answer.) We usually see a blue sky, but we also see many other colors. Let's see what happens to the y
Paul  Hankins
Peter H. Reynold's "creatrilogy" comes to a conclusion with Marisol and her classmates creating a mural for their school library (you know I'm sold already on the idea of a collaborative project that celebrates the gifts and talents within the group lending to a lasting contribution to the learning environment--but I digress).

When it seems as though the blue paint has gone missing, our artist-in-residence--Marisol (from ISH) has to recreate her sense of sky color.

What I love about Reynold's newe
Feb 13, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read many books by Peter H. Reynolds. We love his artwork and his stories about creativity. His illustrations are wonderful and he has a way of telling a simple story in an inspiring and artful way.

Our girls love his books and talk about reading Ish and The Dot over and over on the Tumblebooks website (

This story shows how we can improvise and find a way to create something beautiful, even if it's different from what we first expected. We really enjoyed reading this
Talented artist Marisol volunteers to paint the sky for her class mural, but when she has no blue paint, she is hesitant about what to do. Observing the sky as she travels home and then goes to bed, she returns to school inspired to paint her own version of the sky. It would be hard not to love this book with its positive message about what art is and the different visions artists often have about the world around them. The pen, ink, watercolor, gouache, and tea illustrations depict all sorts of ...more
April Thompson
Thinking outside of the box is one of my favorite things to do. Why stay confined?
Rachel Watkins
I'm so happy to have another story featuring Marisol. With his signature watercolor illustrations, Reynolds reminds children and adults that there are no limits on what we can create and dream. After you read this, you will sigh deeply with contentment.
Not as brilliant as earlier books, but after The Dot and Ish, there are high expectations. Still, this delights me, our art teachers, and our students with the reinforcement of our core belief that everyone is an artist!
I love this book! Read the library copy and have to go get my own! Marisol loves to paint. When the class is going to paint a mural, she is in charge of painting the sky. But there is no blue paint. What is she going to do?

As I read this book, I kept hearing Harry Chapin's song "Flowers Are Red" running through my mind - for those of you who don't know that song, the chorus goes "There are so many colors in a rainbow, so many colors in the morning sun, so many colors in the flowers, and I use e
Monica Lopez
This is a beautifully illustrated story of a young artist named Marisol who is working on a group mural project at school. She volunteers to paint the sky in the mural and becomes discouraged because she can't seem to find any blue paint to use. As she goes about her day, she notices the sky is really many different colors, not always blue. She ends up painting the sky as a beautiful sunset, with many colors besides blue. This is a cute story that discusses compromise and making the best out of ...more
I think we all need our "blue paint" taken away from us now and then!
Marrisol is incredibly creative and loves to paint more than almost anything. She is very excited when her class gets to paint a mural for the school, and she decides to paint the sky. However, there is no more blue paint. How will Marrisol paint the sky without blue pain?

Paint your own sky without any blue paint. Use your imagination and all the other colors available to you to paint the sky as you see it.

Reynolds, P. (2012). Sky color. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick.

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When at school the teacher announces that they want to create a mural, Marisol, our young enthusiastic artist, happily volunteers to paint the sky. But then she realizes that the school didn't have any blue to paint the sky. On her way back home, she thinks and observes the beautiful sunset and the next day she see the gray sky while it rains. Then Marisol discovers that they are many ways to paint the sky.

This is a book about overcoming struggles in lif
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds is the third book about creativity in art involving Marisol, who in this story creatively solves the problem of having no blue whith which to paint a sky.

Reynolds' illustrations were done in pen, ink, watercolor, gouache and tea. Much of the book is done in sepia tones, except for the art and paint. My favorite images are refrigerator, bus & sky, day to night, dream, and mural.

I loved The Dot and have not read [book: Ish}. Sky Color again reinforces creativity,
Holly Crepps
Marisol is a young artist. She even has her own gallery within her house of all of her drawings and paintings. When her teacher announced that her class would be painting a mural for the school library, Marisol was ecstatic. She decided to be the one to paint the sky. However, Marisol runs into a problem when there is no more blue paint. She couldn't paint the sky without any blue paint. As Marisol rides the bus home, she is inspired by the colors of the sunset, the colors of the night sky, and ...more
Christina Baldridge
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Amy Musser
Marisol is an artist and everyone knows it. She loves to share her art with others and she firmly believes there is an artist inside every person. So when her teacher announces that the class will be designing and painting a mural for the library, Marisol is overjoyed. She immediately volunteers to paint the sky. But when she gets to the library, she finds there’s no blue paint. How can she paint the sky without blue paint? Marisol thinks and thinks about this problem. She thinks as she rides ho ...more
Do you remember Marisol, Ramon's little sister in Ish? She is our main artist in Sky Color. She draws for the sake of drawing, makes cards for others, paints posters to express her beliefs. She thinks we all are creative and need to be encouraged (as she did to her brother, Ramon, in Ish). She and her class have been given the responsibility of painting a mural in the school library. When she decides that her job is to paint the sky, she becomes discouraged herself because there is NO blue paint ...more
Marisol is an artist, so she is understandably excited when it is announced that her class will be painting a mural on a school wall. Marisol is in charge of painting the sky, but her plans hit a snag: there is no blue paint. How can she paint the sky without any blue paint? Eventually Marisol lifts her eyes to the skies and finds a beautiful solution on her own.

I am a fan of Peter Reynolds' books The Dot and Ish. Mostly, though, I'm a fan of his illustrations. I just love the Reynolds look, an
Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . . From the award-winning Peter H. Reynolds comes a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.
Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . . From the award-winning Peter H. Reynolds comes a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.

This story is an amazing co
Tiffany Bates
This book is about a young artist that gets a chance to paint a mural in her school library. All the kids choose what they were going to paint and she chose to paint the sky. But when she went to paint the sky, there was no blue. So she spent the next day thinking how she was to paint a sky without blue paint. And in the end the mural turns out beautifully!
This book is for younger students. Around 2nd and first grade. This is because the read is easy and the colorful pictures will keep the kids
Tim Vandenberg
The world is so much more varied & beautiful than we've ever realized, if we just stop, study & observe, just as Marisol the artist does in this book.

Strongly recommended for all budding artists (and all budding art-connoisseurs who can't even draw a stick figure....Like me).

Jacqueline Archdeacon
I enjoyed this book, because it encourages creative and exploring new ideas. I think it is good for a right brained learner to read, because of the use color versus no color in the illustrations. Finally, in introduces beginning signs of foreshadowing.
Marisol, an artistic girl, is painting the sky for a mural but can't find blue paint. She observes the sky at sunset on her bus ride home and on the next rainy morning, and she realizes that sky color can be many other colors. I love how the story displays creativity and scientific observation skills! And my 3 year old daughter asks for it day after day.
Audra Rowell
Do I really need to say anything? It's Peter H. Reynolds. With his trademark storytelling and illustrations, Reynolds again has given us a small, yet powerful book. In this case, Marisol is so excited when her teacher says the class is going to paint a mural. Marisol immediately volunteers to paint the sky. But she can't find the right color. But by paying attention to the sky and it's constant changing, she creates a beautiful sky for the mural. The message I walked away with is the importance ...more
This is another charmer of a picture book from Reynolds who wrote the popular Ish and The Dot. Marisol considers herself an artist. She paints lots of pictures, carries art supplies with her, and sees an artist in everyone. So Marisol is thrilled when she learns that their next project will be a class mural. Marisol wants to paint the sky. The only problem is that there’s no blue paint. How can she paint the sky without any blue? Happily, the sky itself shows all of the colors possible to Mariso ...more
While the message it provides is a good one and the pictures are nice, the story for all three of the books in the trilogy (The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color) is very slight. A frustrated kid discovers a love of art by drawing dots (The Dot), and a teased kid accepts the fact that his drawings are beautiful even if they're not perfect (Ish), and an artistic child must look outside the box and reexamine her world to paint a sky that isn't blue (Sky Color).

Art fans might enjoy these as they reinforce go
Kathleen Dixon
I'd read this book myself earlier (saw it in the bookshop and had to borrow it from the library for our homeschooling), so asked James and Zenobia before we read together what colour the sky is. "Blue." "Blue, with white clouds." And indeed, they were both right as we looked out the window. But this is a book about the artistic eye, and encourages perception.

The class is painting a mural and Marisol opted to paint the sky, but all the blue got used up by children painting the sea! What to do? B
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Peter Hamilton Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books and is the co-Founder and CEO of educational media company FableVision.
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