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Sky Color (Creatrilogy)

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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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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett JohnsonThe Dot by Peter H. ReynoldsIsh by Peter H. ReynoldsMouse Paint by Ellen Stoll WalshArt & Max by David Wiesner
Children Books About Art
24th out of 129 books — 104 voters
Ish by Peter H. ReynoldsBeautiful Oops! by Barney SaltzbergThe Dot by Peter H. ReynoldsNot a Box by Antoinette PortisHarold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Great Books for the Elementary Art Room
8th out of 143 books — 31 voters

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Jan 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

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
Feb 13, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this children's book was really sweet. I read it to my six-year-old last night at bedtime. We talked about the book as I flipped the pages, figuring out what the little girl was going to do. This is another great book teaching kids about using their imagination and using the natural world for creative inspiration.
Jordan Schmidt
Jun 12, 2015 Jordan Schmidt rated it really liked it
Shelves: state-awards
Today, we're going to read a book called Sky Color. (Show cover) Now when I look at this picture, I think that this book will be about the girl in the picture painting the sky. I think this because there is a little girl with paint and a paint brush and the title is Sky Color. Does anyone else have a prediction of what will happen in this book based on the title and picture on the cover? (take students answers)
When you hear the words Sky Color, what do you think of? What color do you think the
Maren Banwell
Jun 09, 2015 Maren Banwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: state-awards
“Before we read our story today, I’m going to give you all a little quiz. All of your answers will be a color. Are you ready? What color is an apple?” Students respond. “What color is a flower?” Students respond. “What color is the sun?” Students respond. “What color is the sky?” Students respond. “Did we all agree about the colors every time?” Students respond. “Why do you suppose that is?” Students respond. “The story we’re going to read today is called Sky Color by Peter H. Reynonlds. I want ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2015 Fanny rated it really liked it
The main character is a little girl named Marisol who sees art as the best way to express her feelings. One day, Marisol’s teacher tells the class about the mural project for the school library, which gets Marisol very excited. However, when Marisol finds out there was not more blue painting, she feels devastated because she thinks she won’t be able to paint a perfect blue sky. But, this won't get in Marisol's way.
This book is about how to channel our emotions and find a way to express them, wh
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 really liked it
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
Taylor Baker-Gower
May 16, 2016 Taylor Baker-Gower rated it really liked it
Reynolds has created yet another gorgeous book about being yourself and finding your inner artist!
Dec 17, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2014 April Thompson rated it it was amazing
Thinking outside of the box is one of my favorite things to do. Why stay confined?
Jun 10, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Opening Introduction to Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
What color is the sky? [Children respond]. [Show students the cover of the book as I am introducing the conflict of our story.] When Marisol, the main character of our story, Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds, chooses to paint the sky for her class mural, she is dismayed by the fact that the box of paint supplied by her teacher is missing the color blue. What do you think “dismayed” means? (Children respond]. What would you do if you were Maris
Jennifer Strong
Jul 30, 2016 Jennifer Strong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, 2016
Marisol is an artist. She paints every day and has her own gallery (on the fridge). When her school class gets the assignment to paint a mural in the library Marisol is excited and volunteers to paint the sky. There's just one problem. There isn't any blue paint left! She ponders what to do through the night and has a dream full of color. The next day she knows exactly what to do. She gathers all the colors of her dream and creates a whole new color. When the mural is complete the class stands b ...more
Rachel Watkins
Aug 29, 2012 Rachel Watkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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.
Aug 17, 2012 Walter rated it really liked it
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!
Peter Reynolds is back again with another breathtaking book about a budding artists. A young girl loves to paint and is excited about the upcoming mural project at school. She volunteers to paint the sky but quickly realizes that there is no blue paint. How is she supposed to pain the sky without blue.

She ponders this question all the way home and while she watches the sun go down. She is still thinking about a solution as she falls asleep under a dark shy and when she's walking to school the ne
Mar 28, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-music-kids
This is the third book I've reviewed by Reynolds, and as with the others, this could easily be shelved as appropriate for all ages and/or inspirational. It's a sweet story about a child with a passion (for art). When she wants to paint a sky, she discovers that she's out of blue paint, and she's stumped. But, she keeps thinking, and discovers a way to solve her problem ... and the result is even better than it would have been if she'd used blue. The message is similar to the one conveyed by the ...more
Bambini Travel
Mar 17, 2015 Bambini Travel rated it it was amazing
No one inspires art and creativity quite like Peter H. Reynolds. In this lovely book, young Marisol considers herself an artist. She loves to draw and paint and is eager to help with the class mural. She volunteers to paint the sky only to realize there is no blue paint. "How am I going to make the sky without blue paint?" she wonders. Observing the sky over the next day she realizes that in truth the sky is so much more than simply blue. Marked by Reynolds' distinctive pen, ink, and watercolor ...more
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
Apr 07, 2014 Monica Lopez rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
I think we all need our "blue paint" taken away from us now and then!
Mar 03, 2016 jacky rated it really liked it
We loved the colors.
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.
Nov 21, 2012 Ceitidh rated it really liked it

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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
Jan 05, 2013 David rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, colors
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
Sep 12, 2012 Holly Crepps rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-award
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
Sep 12, 2012 Christina Baldridge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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Amy Forrester
Sep 28, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
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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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