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Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubecker
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May 05, 08

bookshelves: concept, lis-565, picture-books

At first glance, this could be a simple color concept book, but it’s really a multi-layered story about diversity, belonging, and finding yourself. The Blue Boy lives in an all-blue world with his little blue pig, Polly—but deep down he knows there must be something more than blue. So he travels through a yellow land, a purple village, orange hills, and red towns, even crossing a great green ocean, before he finds a multicolored city which has no blue until he arrives. Illustrations are clearly outlined and brightly colored, and children will enjoy picking out the blue boy and pig on the many-colored pages. The story is told in simple language and the author plays with color concepts, using synesthesia to describe blue ideas, blue songs, and blue poems. The longer length of this picture book, and the deeper themes, make it suitable for a preschool storytime or early elementary readers.

Summary from Hornbook review: A blue boy travels with his blue cow away from his blue land until he finds a place where all the colors are mixed.

Positively reviewed in Booklist and SLJ, which both point out this book's suitability for discussion on diversity and multiculturalism.
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